ego·​tism | \ˈē-gə-ˌti-zəm 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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Other Words from egotism

egotist \ ˈē-​gə-​tist also  ˈe-​ \ noun
egotistic \ ˌē-​gə-​ˈti-​stik also  ˌe-​ \ or egotistical \ ˌē-​gə-​ˈti-​sti-​kəl also  ˌe-​ \ adjective
egotistically \ ˌē-​gə-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē also  ˌe-​ \ adverb

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

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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 This self-aggrandizing, reality-denying flavor of egotism has defined Trump for decades, through his roller-coaster business career and into political life. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Reality Distortion Field Could be a Huge Asset for Democrats This Fall," 28 Apr. 2018 And last night, Stormy showed us how, by demonstrating what resistance to Trump’s domineering egotism might look like (Congress would do well to emulate Stormy). Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Stormy Daniels’s Boring Interview Was Actually Brilliant," 26 Mar. 2018 For example, Bobby Fischer’s chess prowess might not have been impressive enough for adults to overlook his breathtaking egotism — but for the launching of Sputnik and America’s anxiety about creeping Soviet domination in education and science. Amanda Ripley, New York Times, "Gifted and Talented and Complicated," 17 Jan. 2018 But Brad’s Status also unpleasantly resembles Noah Baumbach movies that humorlessly assert the maker’s egotism. Armond White, National Review, "Indulge Personal Neuroses," 15 Sep. 2017 Although both were certifiable rock stars, and both are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hillman and Petty by and large sidestepped the egotism that can accompany the degree of success both achieved. Randy Lewis,, "Country-rock pioneer and Byrds founder Chris Hillman honors Tom Petty's legacy at the Troubadour," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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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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