narcissism

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noun nar·cis·sism \ˈnär-sə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of narcissism

  1. 1 :  egoism, egocentrism … up until my late 30's I lived in a state of utterly monstrous narcissism and self-absorption … — Frank Conroy

  2. 2 :  love of or sexual desire for one's own body His wife complained that she couldn't compete with her husband's narcissism.

narcissist

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narcissistic

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Examples of narcissism in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of narcissism

German Narzissismus, from Narziss Narcissus, from Latin Narcissus


Medical Dictionary

narcissism

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noun nar·cis·sism \ˈnär-sə-ˌsiz-əm\

Medical Definition of narcissism

  1. 1:  love of or sexual desire for one's own body

  2. 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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