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

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 egotist (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 Too much emphasis on the self can lead to obnoxious egotism, or desperate loneliness or alienation and paranoia. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "What the ‘Resistance Library’ shows us about America’s struggles today," 28 Aug. 2019 Laurel wonders quietly about the glee with which Daphne skewers the language-fallible and is struck by her sister’s egotism. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "In Love With Language, but Not Necessarily With Each Other," 30 Aug. 2019 Jack’s self-deprecating egotism recalls Russell Brand, whose regional British humor proved unexportable. Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019 But those admirals—hampered by egotism, greed and envy of one another—squandered every chance to intercept and defeat the fleet of the French naval commander, de Grasse. Alan Taylor, WSJ, "‘In the Hurricane’s Eye’ Review: How France Freed the U.S.," 18 Oct. 2018 The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. James Rogers, Fox News, "Trump trolled with 'traitor' tweet by after Putin summit," 16 July 2018 This drives home the underlying claim of the book: egotism was the ultimate reason for polar exploration. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an ambitious attempt to encompass era of polar exploration," 7 July 2018 From stage to screen to stream, the vanity, narcissism, and general egotism of actors have always been a reliable source of amusement, especially in the hands of the right satirists. Don Aucoin,, "In this family, the upstaging never stops," 27 June 2018 First of all, there's his monumental egotism and tactlessness., "Why the Premier League Would Be Far Less Interesting Without 'Special One' José Mourinho," 10 May 2018

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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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21 Oct 2019

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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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