egocentric

1 of 2

adjective

ego·​cen·​tric ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce egocentric (audio)
 also  ˌe-
1
: concerned with the individual rather than society
2
: taking the ego as the starting point in philosophy
3
a
: limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs
egocentrically adverb
egocentricity noun

egocentric

2 of 2

noun

plural egocentrics
: a person who is egocentric : someone who is limited in outlook or concern to his or her own activities or needs : a self-centered person
Almost all the shows feature egocentrics who are self-aware enough to realize that they are egocentric, and who have the redeeming feature of generally being very good at what they do. Susan Dominus
As for the man, the book depicts him as a monster of selfishness, a disloyal exploiter of friends, an egocentric who feeds on perversity … Hubert Saal

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Ego means "I" in Latin. To an egocentric person, I is the most important word in the language. Great artists and writers are often egocentrics; such people can be hard to live with, though their egocentricity, an unfortunate side effect of their talent, is often forgiven. But ordinary egocentricity, which shows up as selfishness, lack of sympathy, and lack of interest in other people, usually has little to do with any personal talent or success.

Example Sentences

Adjective the cult attracts egocentric people who are preoccupied with reaching their potential as individuals
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But as the Allied drive slowed through late 1944, the egocentric Californian raged at Montgomery’s own egocentrism and Eisenhower’s willingness to indulge the British. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Previously, researchers learned that goldfish are able to orient themselves using both allocentric and egocentric maps. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 4 Jan. 2022 There’s nothing egocentric or bombastic in this delight. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2022 But either way, people tend to be — not in a bad way, but — egocentric. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Aug. 2022 Set primarily in the early to the middle part of the 2000s in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series develops Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), an earnest lawyer and former con artist, into an egocentric criminal defense attorney known as Saul Goodman. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 19 July 2022 This personal orientation speaks to a mental blindspot called the egocentric bias, an orientation toward prioritizing one’s own perspective and worldview over others. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 11 July 2022 Selling Up Instead Of Supporting Down Micromanaging, empire-building, selling up instead of supporting down and generally being egocentric in your leadership approach creates a toxic culture. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Roman’s pedagogy, on the other hand, is proudly egocentric. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of egocentric was in 1894

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“Egocentric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egocentric. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

egocentric

adjective

ego·​cen·​tric ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce egocentric (audio)
: overly concerned with oneself : self-centered

Medical Definition

egocentric 1 of 2

adjective

1
: limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs
2
: being self-centered or selfish
egocentrically adverb

egocentric

2 of 2

noun

: an egocentric individual

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