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egoism

 [e´go-izm]
1. any of several ethical doctrines describing relationships between morality, self-interest and behavior.
2. excessive preoccupation with oneself, self-interest with disregard for the needs of others.
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egoism

(ē′gō-ĭzm)
An inflated estimate of one's value or effectiveness.
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