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

Examples of narcissism in a Sentence

in his narcissism, he just assumed that everyone else wanted to hear the tiny details of his day
Recent Examples on the Web Colin Firth is uncanny as Peterson, mimicking his avuncular bonhomie, and hinting at the stormy temper and dangerous narcissism that lurks beneath it. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Just like oversharing on the internet, Ukrainians might conclude, Western non-diplomacy sprang from deep-seated narcissism and a need for validation, a compensation for feelings of inadequacy. James Harkin, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 My father’s narcissism was one of small differences, a client will tell me, again and again, seeming proud of their articulation. Kathleen Alcott, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Research rooted in brand narcissism sounds like a needy date. Rebecca Brooks, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 That underscores the sheer selfishness and narcissism of the Bari Weisses of the world who’ve decided that the minor inconveniences imposed by COVID rules are simply too much to bear. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 McKay picks up on that nihilistic approach, managing to wring laughs from a movie that is also about the end of the world wrought by humanity's own stupidity and narcissism. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 19 Mar. 2022 Until Moscow takes a massive colonic, one that can cleanse its bloated system of evil, lies, extortion, cheating, hacking, war crimes and narcissism, never again. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 Grindah’s girlfriend Miche, the droll embodiment of chav delusion and narcissism. Nicolas Stecher, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Narcissism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of narcissism

2 : love of or sexual desire for one's own body
3 : 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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