ego·​tism | \ ˈē-gə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce egotism (audio) also ˈe- \

Definition of egotism

1a : excessive use of the first person singular personal pronoun
b : the practice of talking about oneself too much
2 : an exaggerated sense of self-importance : conceit — compare egoism sense 2

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egotist \ ˈē-​gə-​tist How to pronounce egotism (audio) also  ˈe-​ \ noun

Examples of egotism in a Sentence

In his egotism he thought everyone was coming just to see him. for someone who has won a Nobel Prize in physics, he is remarkably without egotism
Recent Examples on the Web Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Jack Butler, National Review, "Orwell, Huxley, and Us," 25 Oct. 2020 One surprise is the extent to which Biden — often seen as unwilling to apologize or admit his shortcomings — cops to his hotheadedness and even egotism. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "A Joe Biden biography with a few surprises," 23 Oct. 2020 Broder had not a trace of the disabling egotism, ruthless ambition or partisan zealotry that afflict media stars today. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Before Reporting Became ‘Journalism’," 23 Sep. 2020 And yet, even then, his faults were on display, too: a mistrust of colleagues and partners that verged on the pathological, a paradoxical anti-intellectualism, and his egotism. Michał Matlak, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Dictatorship Is Being Created’: An Interview with Lech Wałęsa," 31 Aug. 2020 Alexandra Cunningham does play with the levels of egotism and narcissism. Omar Sanchez,, "Christian Slater on that Dirty John bombshell and his Gaslight-inspired performance," 17 June 2020 Through a combination of hard work on Rachel’s part, greed on Pam’s, rank stupidity on her son’s and a combination of egotism and self-delusion on Frank’s, a bigger story does indeed come to light. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "HBO's 'Bad Education' is a good movie, thanks to Hugh Jackman's performance," 24 Apr. 2020 As the nation faces a worsening pandemic and what promises to be the gravest economic downturn since the Great Depression, aggression and egotism cannot carry a nation. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "When confronting the coronavirus, tough isn’t enough," 1 Apr. 2020 The approach suits Coleman, who was soft-spoken despite his stubborn nonconformity, and unaffected by the larger-than-life egotism of contemporaries such as Charles Mingus or Miles Davis. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of egotism

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for egotism

Latin ego + English -tism (as in idiotism)

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“Egotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of egotism

: the feeling or belief that you are better, more important, more talented, etc., than other people


ego·​tism | \ ˈē-gə-ˌtiz-əm also ˈeg-ə- \

Medical Definition of egotism

: an exaggerated sense of self-importance — compare egoism sense 2

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