Egoistic people believe we all put our own needs before those of others. If you're sure that self-interest inspires every human action — yes, even rescuing that sweet kitten from a tree — then you, my friend, are egoistic.

Don't confuse egoistic with egotistic, a word which is often, and wrongly, used interchangeably with it. To be egotistic is to have too inflated an opinion of yourself — in other words, it's a form of self-delusion rather than a particular way of looking at the world. You can be egoistic without being egotistic. Got it?

Definitions of egoistic
  1. adjective
    limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs
    synonyms: egocentric, egoistical, self-centered, self-centred
    self-absorbed, self-involved
    absorbed in your own interests or thoughts etc
    concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others
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    altruistic, selfless
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
    disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
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