egocentric

adjective
ego·cen·tric | \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik also ˌe- \

Definition of egocentric 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned with the individual rather than society

2 : taking the ego as the starting point in philosophy

3a : limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs

b : self-centered, selfish

egocentric

noun
plural egocentrics

Definition of egocentric (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Other words from egocentric

Adjective

egocentrically \ˌē-gō-ˈsen-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
egocentricity \ˌē-gō-ˌsen-ˈtri-sə-tē \ noun
egocentrism \ˌē-gō-ˈsen-ˌtri-zəm \ noun

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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.

Examples of egocentric in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The results largely align with egocentric bias, our ability to overestimate how much others — God included — are just like us, authors said. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "What's God look like? Depends on your politics and race, study finds," 12 June 2018 People are also egocentric in their depictions: Volunteers who were older, more attractive, and black saw God as older, more attractive, and more black, respectively. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "What does God look like? Look in the mirror," 12 June 2018 Whatever happened to the egocentric man that was supposed to upset the balance of the Gunners dressing room? SI.com, "6 of the Best Moments From a Potentially Decisive Weekend of Premier League Action," 2 Apr. 2018 Firstly there was Alan Pardew, ever the egocentric. SI.com, "Old Dog, Same Old Tricks: Roy Hodgson's Much Travelled Management Style Is Saving Palace's Season," 18 Dec. 2017 Most are understandably very egocentric right now and to have her take time out of her life to bake for strangers, that’s pretty special. David Sharos, ajc, "Teen’s baking touches lives of those fighting cancer," 17 Dec. 2017 But why have these three, very different but equally egocentric people been brought together? Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy Debate Jesus. ‘Discord’ Ensues.," 1 Oct. 2017 Wide receivers are about as egocentric as players come in the NFL. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles receivers don't mind sharing the wealth," 26 Oct. 2017 Millions of Americans are paying a price for his egocentric behavior, for his narcissistic behavior. David Nakamura, Washington Post, "Trump turns to executive powers in bid to force Congress into action," 14 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of egocentric

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

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egocentric

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

Medical Definition of egocentric 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs

2 : being self-centered or selfish

Other words from egocentric

egocentrically \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

egocentric

noun

Medical Definition of egocentric (Entry 2 of 2)

: an egocentric individual

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