Meaning of philautia in English:


Pronunciation /fɪˈlɔːtɪə/


archaic, rare
  • Self-love; self-conceit; undue regard for oneself or one's own interests.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in William Tyndale (c1494–1536), translator of the Bible and religious reformer. From post-classical Latin philautia or its etymon Hellenistic Greek ϕιλαυτία self-love, self-conceit (also as a Greek word in Cicero) from ancient Greek ϕίλαυτος loving oneself (from ϕιλο- + αὐτός self) + -ία.