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

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɑlɪpsɪzm/
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solipsism (countable and uncountable, 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.
    • 2011, Bing West, No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah:
      The solipsism that too frequently infects high commands has no place on a battlefield.
    • 2012 August 21, Jason Heller, “The Darkness: Hot Cakes (Music Review)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      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.

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