Meaning of solipsism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɒlɪpsɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1The quality of being very self-centred or selfish.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps because he is an engineer however, he misses the main philosophical objection to postmodernism - its solipsism.’
    • ‘Moretti handles the material with considerable grace and skill, though the smugness and solipsism of his screen persona occasionally grates.’
    1. 1.1Philosophy The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Wittgenstein's two arguments about solipsism both dispense with it.’
      • ‘To be precise it leads to solipsism - doubting everything but your own existence - but the means they propose to limit skepticism are astounding.’


Mid 19th century from modern Latin solipsismus, from Latin solus ‘alone’ + ipse ‘self’ + -ism. Both senses are first taken from uses by German philosophers.