Hobbesian

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From Hobbes (a surname) +‎ -ian; referring to the 17th century English author Thomas Hobbes, whose best-known work, Leviathan, describes a situation of unrestrained, selfish and uncivilized competition.

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Hobbesian (comparative more Hobbesian, superlative most Hobbesian)

  1. involving unrestrained, selfish, and uncivilized competition among participants.
    • 1995, Fred Pfeil, White Guys: Studies in Postmodern Domination and Difference (page 150)
      In Hammett's writings, the social is constructed as a vast Hobbesian landscape of grim functionaries and desperate scrabblers []

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