Selfishness vs Egoism - What's the difference?

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Selfishness is a synonym of egoism.


As nouns the difference between selfishness and egoism

is that selfishness is the quality of being selfish, the condition of putting one's own interests before those of others while egoism is the tendency to think of self and self-interest.

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selfishness

English

Noun

(wikipedia selfishness)
  • the quality of being selfish, the condition of putting one's own interests before those of others
  • Antonyms

    * selflessness

    egoism

    English

    Noun

  • The tendency to think selfishly with exclusive self-interest in mind.
  • (ethics) The belief that moral behavior should be directed toward one's self-interest only.
  • (nonstandard, by confusion of the similar words) egotism
  • Synonyms

    * (tendency to think of self) selfishness

    Antonyms

    * (tendency to think of self) altruism

    See also

    * ethnocentrism * misanthropy (hatred of human race) * narcissism