nar·​cis·​sis·​tic | \ ˌnär-sə-ˈsi-stik How to pronounce narcissistic (audio) \

Definition of narcissistic

: of, relating to, or characterized by narcissism: such as
a : extremely self-centered with an exaggerated sense of self-importance : marked by or characteristic of excessive admiration of or infatuation with oneself a narcissistic personality He was a very narcissistic man, not too concerned with the world.— Oliver Sacks But when a mother's narcissistic needs are so great that she cannot relate to her child as he really is, she loves her child as a self-object—that is, as someone put on this earth to meet her needs.— Sue Erikson Bloland — see also narcissistic personality disorder
b : displaying or marked by excessive concern with one's own physical appearance … she describes the bind created for women by the judgment that a woman preoccupied with her looks is narcissistic and a woman who is not is unfeminine.— Carol Gilligan Our narcissistic culture has turned us into a nation of body-image "junkies" using everything in our power to carve, reshape, remold, and recast our bodies' natural shapes and processes so that they are better fitted to our desires.— Andrew Kimbrell

First Known Use of narcissistic

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Narcissistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of narcissistic

formal + disapproving : loving and admiring yourself and especially your appearance too much


nar·​cis·​sis·​tic | \ ˌnär-sə-ˈsis-tik How to pronounce narcissistic (audio) \

Medical Definition of narcissistic

: of, relating to, or characterized by narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder

Other Words from narcissistic

narcissistically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce narcissistic (audio) \ adverb


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