ego·​cen·​tric | \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce egocentric (audio) 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


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


egocentrically \ ˌē-​gō-​ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce egocentric (audio) also  ˌe-​ \ adverb
egocentricity \ ˌē-​gō-​ˌsen-​ˈtri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce egocentric (audio) also  ˌe-​ \ 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 Children, especially younger ones, are essentially egocentric. Miriam Foley, Good Housekeeping, "I Used to Worry That Crying in Front of My Kid Was Doing Damage," 19 Jan. 2021 It’s a typical Welles bon mot, blustery and witty and egocentric. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Mank’ brings just the latest in a long line of Orson Welles depictions," 6 Jan. 2021 This is especially true for younger children, who are egocentric and prone to magical thinking. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Best Way to Parent in a Crisis Is to Tell the Truth," 23 June 2020 Then there is the black bling-needing, superstitious, egocentric NBA star Kevin Garnett, who plays himself. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Adam Sandler shows off a dark side in ‘Uncut Gems’," 17 Dec. 2019 Resignation has always been a small-odds proposition for this egocentric President, but today the stars are more aligned for that result than ever before. Time, "Why Donald Trump Could Still Resign," 9 Dec. 2019 The scenic design helps turn Nevelson’s egocentric insights about her own talent into a universal message about self-knowledge and personal fulfillment. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "At Theater J, Albee’s ‘Occupant’ takes a lifeless look at the life of Louise Nevelson," 16 Nov. 2019 Early studies focused on the many negatives society falsely believed about only children, like the idea that a child would become headstrong, selfish, egocentric, competitive, excessively spoiled and unable to share if raised by themselves. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Only children are more likely to be obese, study says," 6 Nov. 2019 In this, the special extends the egocentric logic evinced by Aziz Ansari in his recent Netflix special. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Dave Chappelle Doubles Down," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of egocentric


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Egocentric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of egocentric

: caring too much about yourself and not about other people


ego·​cen·​tric | \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik also ˌeg-ō- How to pronounce egocentric (audio) \

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 How to pronounce egocentric (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of egocentric (Entry 2 of 2)

: an egocentric individual

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