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egoist

one whose greatest concern is oneself; person who feels self-important

egotist

one whose greatest thought and talk topic is oneself (Note: I is the greatest concern in the egoist's mind, the most overused word in the egotist's vocabulary. Keep the words differentiated in your mind by thinking of the t in talk, and the additional t in egotist)

egocentric

(n., adj.) - n. one who considers oneself as center of the universe
adj. an extreme form of egoism

egomaniac

one whose egoism is so extreme that one's needs, desires, and interests have become a morbid obsession, a mania

alter

to make one into another, without changing into something else

altruist

one who holds unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others; one who cares more about others than oneself

altruism

philosophy practiced by altruists

alternate

(v., n.) v. to occur or succeed by turns (every other)
n. one that substitutes for or alternates with another

alternative

offering or expressing other choices

alteration

a change by making one thing into something other

altercation

a violent verbal dispute (having other ideas, plans, or opinions than the person on the other side of the argument)

alter ego

the other I (alter= other, ego= I)

introvert

one whose thoughts are constantly turned inward

extrovert

one whose thoughts are constantly turned outward

ambivert

one whose thoughts are turned in both directions

dexterous

skillful

ambidextrous

able to use both hands with equal skill (both hands are right hands)

gauche

(n., adj.) n. someone who is clumsy, generally socially rather than physically
adj. tactless, bumbling

gaucherie

an awkward, clumsy, tactless, embarrassing way of saying or doing things

adroit

dexterous; skillful; quick-witted

misanthrope

one who hates mankind

misogynist

one who hates women

misogamist

one who hates marriage

anthropology

the study of the development of the human race

philanthropist

one who loves mankind and shows such love by donating money, time, or energy to helping those in need

gynecologist

a medical specialist who treats female disorders

monogamy

one marriage (custom of only on marriage at a time)

bigamy

two marriages (unlawful act of contracting another marriage without divorcing the first)

polygamy

many marriages (etymologically denoting plural marriages for either males or females, but generally refers to the custom practiced in earlier times by the Mormons, and financially and/or emotionally)

polygyny

many women

polyandry

many men (in which a woman has 2+ husbands, a form of marriage practiced in the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet)

ascetic

monk or hermit; one who lives a lonely life in self-denial, without pleasures but with contemplation, that leads to a purification of the soul

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