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 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 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 Ford v Ferrari takes the straightforward ethos of car racing—where the winner is whoever is the fastest—and lays bare the egotism and greed required for such a triumph. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ford v Ferrari Tells a Different Kind of Underdog Story," 16 Nov. 2019 Larry’s relationship with women on the show is often contentious, but most characters prefer to ignore and escape his relentless egotism. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "The 12 Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Cameos of All Time," 17 Jan. 2020 But in the arrogance, shallowness, and titanic egotism of his pronouncements, Lennon was only a faint precursor to Kanye West. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Gospel According to Kanye," 7 Nov. 2019 Their egotism and remorse over impossible longings dramatize a classic country-western theme. Armond White, National Review, "Vampire Weekend Makes the Best Pop-Political Album of the Year," 10 Dec. 2019 He's scaled up with every project; his last, The Lost City of Z, was another near-mythic fable involving fathers and sons, haunted by vestiges of patriarchal expectation, attuned to the innate egotism of exploration. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Not) on Streaming and in Theaters This Weekend, From ‘Ad Astra’ to ‘The I-Land’," 20 Sep. 2019

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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 31 May. 2020.

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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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