egoism

Part of speech: noun

Self development and self satisfaction as the supreme end of existence; refined selfishness; opposed to altruism.

Part of speech: noun

Egoist.

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Usage examples "egoism":

  1. In the midst of his sobs the doctor heard Jacques utter this cry of egoism- " Oh my youth! - "Bohemians of the Latin Quarter", Henry Murger.
  2. The egoism of human nature is so strongly antagonistic to any such sympathy, that true friendship belongs to that class of things- the sea- serpent, for instance,- with regard to which no one knows whether they are fabulous or really exist somewhere or other. - "Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer", Arthur Schopenhauer.
  3. She did not express it, and did not know that she had shown a sign of it till she heard Father Roubier say: " If you knew how often I have found that what for a moment I believed to be my noblest aspirations had sprung from a tiny, hidden seed of egoism!" - "The Garden Of Allah", Robert Hichens.