Definition of solipsism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlɪpsɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
Example sentences
  • It seems that transcendental phenomenology inevitably involves solipsism.
  • As Heidegger puts it, anxiety testifies to a kind of ‘existential solipsism.’
  • This conclusion, however, is valid only if Searle is right in claiming that collective intentionality conforms to methodological solipsism.
1.1The quality of being self-centred or selfish.
Example sentences
  • It demands a selfish solipsism that holds the needs of colleagues, friends, and even family temporarily at bay.
  • But such is the extent of their solipsism and narcissism that they not only reject the existence of God but go so far as to mock those who do not, simply because they don't feel Him themselves.
  • To predict that blogs will someday become universal warrants amplification, as today's blogs are anything but universal, unless solipsism and narcissism constitute universality.



Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlɪpsɪst/
Example sentences
  • Hey, I'm thinking of establishing a bulletin board for solipsists.
  • I'm impressed by the solitary intensity of the gamblers, and the way these solipsists at the slots form a community of obsession.
  • The manufacturers must be some kind of solipsists, or in any case unsure that the cream cheese really exists.


Pronunciation: /sɒlɪpˈsɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Some things they say may be ugly: We are excessive, solipsistic, wasteful, indulgent, egotistical.
  • Circumstances can encourage such a solipsistic approach.
  • Levi was well-known for his impatience with long-winded, solipsistic or obscurantist prose.


Pronunciation: /sɒlɪpˈsɪstɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • Fractious division, corruption and the misuse of power rob the people of national hope, a loss which leaves them to survive solipsistically in an all-too-familiar despair.
  • Up until this final scene, the father has experienced landscape solipsistically, but, in his attempt to ascend the final hill, the landscape takes on social dimension.
  • Artists are a not-negligible factor in the globalization of culture that is, solipsistically, such a big theme in contemporary art.


Late 19th century: from Latin solus 'alone' + ipse 'self' + -ism.

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