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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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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Greenwold creates disquieting domestic scenes that are emotionally direct and psychologically fraught, bursting with energy and with his own conflicts, nuttiness, impulses, narcissism, and love of bodies. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Weird, Violent, Uplifting Paintings of Mark Greenwold," 26 June 2019 The beginning of his problems is narcissism that’s grounded in a couple things., "Who Was John DeLorean, Disgraced ’80s Auto Mogul Arrested for Smuggling $24 Million of Cocaine?," 7 June 2019 The selfishness or sort of underlying narcissism that lives in all of us to a certain extent seems so magnified in people that try to make things. Alexandria Symonds, New York Times, "How Natasha Lyonne and Lizzi Bougatsos Became Best Friends," 26 June 2018 There's no clear narrative, except maybe narcissism, but that's why Framing John DeLorean, the new biopic from IFC Films, begins with interviews from some of the many producers who've already tried to decode DeLorean. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The New DeLorean Biopic Is About Way More Than Cars," 1 May 2019 Riskin was a quietly humorous, loving man, the perfect antidote to the nervous narcissism of Saunders and Odets. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘Fay Wray and Robert Riskin’ Review: Love Lines," 22 Feb. 2019 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

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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

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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