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

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 egocentrically (audio) \ adverb
egocentricity \ ˌē-​gō-​ˌsen-​ˈtri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce egocentricity (audio) \ 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 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 An egocentric Austrian mountaineer gradually learns selflessness from the young Dalai Lama. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 The hippocampus is the region where these egocentric, episodic memories are made. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 2018 And, at least in rats, those egocentric viewpoints get encoded into long term memories. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 2018 Contrasting with her debut, her writing takes on a less egocentric approach; the lyrics share the experiences of her family, friends, and those around her. Ryan Cahill, Teen Vogue, "Empress Of's Second Album "Us" Is a Dreamy Celebration of Her Family, Friends, and Community," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of egocentric was in 1894

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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 egocentrically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of egocentric (Entry 2 of 2)

: an egocentric individual

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