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Noun: egoism  'ee-gow,i-zum
  1. (ethics) the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare is the basis of morality
  2. Concern for your own interests and welfare
    - egocentrism, self-interest, self-concern, self-centeredness [US], egocentricity, self-centredness [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: egoisms

Type of: theory, trait

Antonym: altruism

Encyclopedia: Egoism