A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place – Egoistic Altruism

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To plunder is to take something that doesn't belong to you without permission. When the soldiers plundered the city, they took everything that they could find.

  • The soldiers were plundering the city when they came.
  • The company is plundering its competitors by selling lowquality products.

To conquer something is to win or defeat it. When the Spanish conquistadors conquered Mexico, they were able to take over the country and control it.

  • The Spanish conquistadors conquered the land by force.
  • The company is trying to conquer the market by offering the best price.

To skyrocket is to increase very rapidly in value or popularity. When the stock market goes up, a lot of companies' stock prices will skyrocket.

  • The stock market skyrocketed after the news broke.
  • The movie skyrocketed in popularity after the first week it was released.

Unimaginable is a word that is used to describe something that is too difficult or too strange to be possible.

  • The unimaginable amount of money that was lost in the disaster.
  • The unimaginable number of galaxies in the universe.

Cheaply is used to describe something that is not expensive, but is not also quality. Cheaply made products are often not very durable or reliable.

  • The dress was cheaply made, and it was falling apart after only a few wearings.
  • The book was cheaply written, and it was full of spelling mistakes.

stagnation is a situation where there is a decline in activity or growth. The economy is often said to be in a state of stagnation when there is a decline in the number of jobs, businesses, or people.

  • The economy has been in a state of stagnation for the past few years.
  • The company is experiencing a period of stagnation because the sales are not increasing.

To prosper is to do well, to be successful. The economy is thriving, and the people who are prospering are the ones who are doing well.

  • The company is prospering because they are selling lots of products.
  • The country is prospering because they are getting more resources.

To be afloat is to be on the surface of a body of water. Sometimes people use the word to describe someone or something that is in favor or successful.

  • The company is afloat because it is making a lot of money.
  • The ship is afloat because the water is supporting it.