nar·​cis·​sism | \ ˈnär-sə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce narcissism (audio) \

Definition of narcissism

1 : egoism, egocentrism … up until my late 30's I lived in a state of utterly monstrous narcissism and self-absorption …— Frank Conroy
2 : narcissistic personality disorder One of the premier diagnoses of our times, narcissism is a reflection not only of an apparent trend in mental illness but also of the strains and distortions in the lives of essentially healthy people.— Robert Karen
3 : love of or sexual desire of one's own body

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Other Words from narcissism

narcissist \ ˈnär-​sə-​sist How to pronounce narcissist (audio) \ noun or adjective
narcissistic \ ˌnär-​sə-​ˈsi-​stik How to pronounce narcissistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of narcissism in a Sentence

in his narcissism, he just assumed that everyone else wanted to hear the tiny details of his day

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And for such strategies, qualities like narcissism and Machiavellianism may be highly adaptive, helping individuals to outwit rivals and achieve success, including reproductive success. Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 Instagram narcissism leads to blows: 44-yo American woman and Dutch teenager start an 8-person brawl at Rome’s Trevi Fountain over prime selfie positions. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "8 tourists brawl at Rome’s Trevi Fountain over selfie spot," 10 Aug. 2018 If anything, Trump’s vulgar narcissism made his vow to build a wall more believable. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Fox News demanded a government shutdown — and got one," 22 Dec. 2018 What’s more, scores on each of the dimensions of the dark triad were positively correlated with one another: People with a tendency toward narcissism are also more likely to demonstrate Machiavellianism and psychopathy, and vice versa. Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 It’s also why the picture of Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings—his anger, his narcissism, his solipsism—was so familiar to us, as well. Jason Zengerle, Town & Country, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Private School Pecking Order," 16 Oct. 2018 To be clear, this review was looking at aspects of narcissism as a personality trait, not narcissistic personality disorder. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Narcissistic Personality Disorder Before Calling Someone a Narcissist," 8 Nov. 2018 But there’s narcissism in Eminem’s benevolence, too. Aja Romano, Vox, "Eminem’s surprise album Kamikaze is his best in years," 31 Aug. 2018 Their narcissism is repellent yet riveting, and Mr. Côté comes at his subjects with an artful, exploratory obliqueness that’s endearingly curious, as if discovering a whole new species. Denis Côté, New York Times, "Review: Six Strongmen Cultivate ‘A Skin So Soft’," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of narcissism

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for narcissism

German Narzissismus, from Narziss Narcissus, from Latin Narcissus

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nar·​cis·​sism | \ ˈnär-sə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce narcissism (audio) \

Medical Definition of narcissism

1 : love of or sexual desire for one's own body
2 : the state or stage of development in psychoanalytic theory in which there is considerable erotic interest in one's own body and ego and which in abnormal forms persists through fixation or reappears through regression

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