from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One devoted to one's own interests and advancement; an egocentric person.
  • n. An egotist.
  • n. An adherent of egoism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an advocate of egoism.
  • n. an egocentric or self-centered person.
  • n. An egotist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One given overmuch to egoism or thoughts of self.
  • n. A believer in egoism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is characterized by egoism; a selfish or self-centered person.
  • n. In metaphysics, one holding the doctrine of egoism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a self-centered person with little regard for others
  • n. a conceited and self-centered person


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ego +‎ -ist


  • For the psychological egoist, that is not even a possibility.

    The History of Utilitarianism

  • Stirner is occasionally portrayed as a psychological egoist, that is, as a proponent of the descriptive claim that all (intentional) actions are motivated by a concern for the self-interest of the agent.

    Max Stirner

  • Kant1 is not saying enough when he says that the egoist is a person who always tries to push his own I forward and to make it the chief object of his own and of everybody else's attention.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • At this the individual ranks as the unholy (barbarian, natural man, "egoist") over against the State, exactly as he was once regarded by the Church; before the individual the State takes on the nimbus of a saint.

    Coercion, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Ragnar Redbeard, on the other hand, is another kind of egoist entirely, a Fascist, misogynistic, and sacrilegious bore who desires to impress that he Knows All, and anyone daring to disagree with his interpretation of Man is but mere dirt beneath his steel-toed boots.


  • Then you all listened to the very corporate plutocracy tell you that Nader was an "egoist" and that everything was his fault.

    The Obama-Clinton Cabinet? We Voted for CHANGE, Not Recycling

  • For the kind of egoist I mean is a madman in a much more plausible sense than the mere harmless "deficient"; and to hand on the horrors of his anarchic and insatiable temperament is a much graver responsibility than to leave a mere inheritance of childishness.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

  • In the same way as we might say of an all-consuming egoist that he or she suffers from a weak ego, we could say of the aggressive in-your-face identity that it suffers from a threatened identity.


  • I realize the problem lies with the egoist, but in my life I have been successful at many different things and in my "older" years I no longer have any tolerance to put up with any crap from anyone, regardless how BIG their ego is and how belittling they must be to others in order to salvage their fragile sense of self.

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  • Based on a simple theoretical framework, we show that the nature of environmental attributes among products (i.e., private versus public) and the consumer type (i.e., egoist versus altruist) shape the overall performance of such schemes.

    Altruism Harms the Economy?


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  • What is not supposed to be my concern! First and foremost, the Good Cause, then God's cause, the cause of mankind, of truth, of freedom, of humanity, of justice; further, the cause of my people, my prince, my fatherland; finally, even the cause of Mind, and a thousand other causes. Only my cause is never to be my concern. "Shame on the egoist who thinks only of himself!"

    March 17, 2009