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a self-centered or selfish person (opposed to ).
an arrogantly conceited person; .
an adherent of the metaphysical principle of the , or self; solipsist.
Historical Examples

Doctor Hartley was looking at him with the undisguised enmity of the egoist tricked.
Bella Donna Robert Hichens

The sentiments of the egoist are summed up in the maxim, “After me the deluge!”
The Sexual Question August Forel

Our egoist was quick enough to grasp their meaning, but quicker still to see and to seize the chance of a crazy lifetime.
Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

Yes, your husband is no better now than an egoist, a collector of happy days.
The Great Hunger Johan Bojer

He has not, indeed, read it quite so often as he has Mr. George Meredith’s egoist, but still he is very fond of it.
Res Judicat Augustine Birrell

To be the altruist, one must first be the egoist (say the philosophers), to give, one must first have.
The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland

An isolated man, an egoist, an Epicurean man, will always fail himself in the solitary place.
The Research Magnificent H. G. Wells

“You would have been an egoist, only Meredith made you ashamed to be one,” she answered.
In the Mist of the Mountains Ethel Turner

No one, I suppose, would continue reading The egoist merely from interest in its plot.
The Ordeal of Richard Feverel George Meredith

He was too much of the egoist to attempt concealment of any kind.
The Scarecrow and Other Stories G. Ranger Wormser

a person who is preoccupied with his own interests; a selfish person
a conceited person; egotist
(ethics) a person who lives by the values of egoism

1785, in metaphysics, “one who maintains there is no evidence of the existence of anything but the self” (taking ego in a sense of “thinking subject”), from French égoiste (1755); see ego + -ist. Meaning “selfish person” is from 1879. Related: Egoistic; egoistical.


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