- Very self-centered or selfish.
- Relating to the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
“The proposal to close off the park to nonresidents was rejected for being too solipsistic.”
“I worried that my schedule was solipsistic, because I wouldn’t see my family until the holidays, but I needed to work every weekend.”
“The narrator of the sci-fi novel presented the solipsistic view that he was the only conscious being in the universe.”
German, late 19th century
Why this word?
While the adjective “solipsistic” could be used in a very snooty way to call someone selfish, it’s also related to a basic school of philosophy called “solipsism.” In solipsism, the only thing that exists is one’s own mind. It’s not necessarily selfish in a moral sense, but a solipsist can only know their own existence, and nothing outside of their own mind can be confirmed absolutely.
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