narcissism

noun
nar·cis·sism | \ ˈnär-sə-ˌsi-zəm \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from narcissism

narcissist \ˈnär-sə-sist \ noun or adjective
narcissistic \ˌnär-sə-ˈsi-stik \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web

The narcissism has gotten a little bit out of hand. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "'Suits' Star Gabriel Macht On The Show's Move From Glossy To Grounded," 6 Mar. 2017 In contrast, believing that the conflicts of one’s soul produce truth is narcissism. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 From stage to screen to stream, the vanity, narcissism, and general egotism of actors have always been a reliable source of amusement, especially in the hands of the right satirists. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "In this family, the upstaging never stops," 27 June 2018 Yet, interestingly enough, narcissism is much more strongly linked to selfie-taking among men than women. NBC News, "Do you have 'selfitis?' This scale will tell you," 6 Apr. 2018 Her concern is a form of narcissism, but her sister, Jasmine (Roslyn Ruff, who gives a towering comedic performance), may have her beat in the self-regard department. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "With “Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury Breaks the Fourth Wall," 24 June 2018 This was greeted by his fellow artists as an act of heroism, but Deluc doesn’t soft-pedal the raging narcissism at its core. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018 The hardest thing in the world after a decade of writing is trying to avoid narcissism when possible, and being an artist is incredibly narcissistic. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Ryan Tedder on OneRepublic's 'Connection' With Jeep, Playing Corporate Gigs & Why He Related to Anthony Bourdain," 2 July 2018 Anxiety contributes to a variety of mental-health problems, including depression, narcissism and schizophrenia—rates of which are alarming in the West, the authors say, and rise with inequality. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'narcissism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of narcissism

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for narcissism

German Narzissismus, from Narziss Narcissus, from Latin Narcissus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about narcissism

Share narcissism

Statistics for narcissism

Last Updated

16 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for narcissism

The first known use of narcissism was in 1822

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for narcissism

narcissism

noun
nar·cis·sism | \ ˈnär-sə-ˌsiz-əm \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on narcissism

What made you want to look up narcissism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

characteristic trappings or dress

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!