narcissistic personality disorder

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of narcissistic personality disorder

: 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

First Known Use of narcissistic personality disorder

1975


Medical Dictionary

narcissistic personality disorder

noun

medical Definition of narcissistic personality disorder

: 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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