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

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Narcissistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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

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

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