solipsism

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin solus (alone) +‎ ipse (self) +‎ -ism.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɑlɪpsɪzm/
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Noun[edit]

solipsism (plural solipsisms)

  1. (philosophy) The theory that the self is all that exists or that can be proven to exist.
  2. Self-absorption, an unawareness of the views or needs of others; self-centeredness; egoism
    • 2012 August 21, Jason Heller, “The Darkness: Hot Cakes (Music Review)”, The Onion AV Club:
      Self-mythology has always been part of The Darkness’ shtick, but here Hawkins and crew forget to back it up with music catchy enough to transcend the solipsism.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bing West
      The solipsism that too frequently infects high commands has no place on a battlefield.

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