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

Other Words from egotism

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 As his literary criticism coalesced around lifelong friends and boyhood enthusiasms, his romanticism became a way of valorizing his own efforts as a liberal interventionist and militant atheist, and thus hard to distinguish from egotism. Christian Lorentzen, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 For Dixie and others who get targeted, the online vitriol comes in all forms: body shaming, gear shaming, charges of egotism and self-promotion. Taylor Gee, Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2019 But Kouchner doesn’t demand we be revolted by her mother’s egotism. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Her stubbornness and egotism helped kick-start and prolong the massive prodemocracy protests of 2019. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 8 May 2022 Former Oscar host Chris Rock appeared secure in his status as Hollywood jester, but his attempt at celeb bonhomie hit the roadblock of unpredictable hip-hop egotism. Armond White, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 Under the lash of Mami’s disdain, Olga feels even more determined to chase the American Dream while trying to maintain a sense of her Puerto Rican heritage that isn’t soiled by her mother’s egotism. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Making unsubtle, faulty linkage between Orange Man arrogance and Red Rocket egotism is Baker’s real judgment. Armond White, National Review, 29 Dec. 2021 Spielberg’s own career then seemed upended by misguided egotism, not necessarily his own, but that of a faction hiding behind a facetious pretense of moral values and public trust. Armond White, National Review, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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