Definition of egoism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeɡəʊɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɡoʊɪzəm//
; BrE BrE//ˈiːɡəʊɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːɡoʊɪzəm//
(also egotism
BrE BrE//ˈeɡətɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɡətɪzəm//
; BrE BrE//ˈiːɡətɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːɡətɪzəm//
[uncountable] (disapproving)
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the fact of thinking that you are better or more important than anyone else His egoism prevented him from really loving anyone but himself. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French égoïsme and modern Latin egoismus, from Latin ego ‘I’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: egoism