narcissistic personality disorder

noun

: a personality disorder characterized especially by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, persistent need for admiration, lack of empathy for others, excessive pride in achievements, and snobbish, disdainful, or patronizing attitudes
At its most extreme, snobbery can be a symptom of narcissistic personality disorder, a condition marked by grandiosity, a need for admiration, and a preoccupation with power and prestige. Adelle Waldman
Those with narcissistic personality disorder exaggerate their own importance, aided by success fantasies. David G. Myers

Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of narcissistic personality disorder was in 1975

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Cite this Entry

“Narcissistic personality disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcissistic%20personality%20disorder. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

narcissistic personality disorder

noun

: a personality disorder characterized especially by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, persistent need for admiration, lack of empathy for others, excessive pride in achievements, and snobbish, disdainful, or patronizing attitudes
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