self-pre·​oc·​cu·​pa·​tion ˌself-(ˌ)prē-ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce self-preoccupation (audio)
: the state of being absorbed or occupied with oneself : preoccupation with oneself
… the self-preoccupation of early adolescence.Judith Steven-Long et al.

Examples of self-preoccupation in a Sentence

the smug self-preoccupation of a generation that had grown up experiencing nothing but affluence

Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-preoccupation was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Self-preoccupation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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