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egocentric

adjective ego·cen·tric \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik also ˌe- \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of egocentric

1 : concerned with the individual rather than society
2 : taking the ego as the starting point in philosophy
3 a : limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs

egocentrically

play \ˌē-gō-ˈsen-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

egocentricity

play \ˌē-gō-ˌsen-ˈtri-sə-tē\ noun

egocentrism

play \ˌē-gō-ˈsen-ˌtri-zəm\ noun

Examples of egocentric in a Sentence

  1. the cult attracts egocentric people who are preoccupied with reaching their potential as individuals

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Ego means "I" in Latin. To an egocentric person, I is the most important word in the language. Great artists and writers are often egocentrics; such people can be hard to live with, though their egocentricity, an unfortunate side effect of their talent, is often forgiven. But ordinary egocentricity, which shows up as selfishness, lack of sympathy, and lack of interest in other people, usually has little to do with any personal talent or success.

First Known Use of egocentric

1894

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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egocentric

noun

Definition of egocentric

plural egocentrics
: a person who is egocentric : someone who is limited in outlook or concern to his or her own activities or needs : a self-centered person
  • Almost all the shows feature egocentrics who are self-aware enough to realize that they are egocentric, and who have the redeeming feature of generally being very good at what they do.
  • —Susan Dominus
  • As for the man, the book depicts him as a monster of selfishness, a disloyal exploiter of friends, an egocentric who feeds on perversity …
  • —Hubert Saal

First Known Use of egocentric

1901

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

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egocentric

adjective ego·cen·tric \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik also ˌeg-ō- \

medical Definition of egocentric

1 : limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs
2 : being self-centered or selfish

egocentrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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egocentric

noun

medical Definition of egocentric

: an egocentric individual


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