self-wor·​ship ˌself-ˈwər-shəp How to pronounce self-worship (audio)
 also  -ˈwȯr-
: extravagant admiration for or devotion to oneself : worship of oneself : self-idolatry
Thanks to social media, young people take constant photos of themselves in a kind of self-worship.Ed Leap
Similarly, to watch the endless stream of award shows for Hollywood titans is to subject yourself to a narcissistic spectacle of collective self-worship.Jonah Gould
ˌself-ˈwər-shə-pər How to pronounce self-worship (audio)
 also  -ˈwȯr-
or self-worshiper
plural self-worshippers or self-worshipers
We have become a nation of hedonists and self-worshipers. Matt Walsh

Examples of self-worship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aesthetically, Jünger had no time for Alfred Rosenberg’s mystical blood-and-soil racial self-worship. Thomas Meaney, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'self-worship.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-worship was in 1583

Dictionary Entries Near self-worship

Cite this Entry

“Self-worship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!