ego·​cen·​tric | \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce egocentric (audio) also ˌe- \

Definition of egocentric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned with the individual rather than society
2 : taking the ego as the starting point in philosophy
3a : limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs


plural egocentrics

Definition of egocentric (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from egocentric


egocentrically \ ˌē-​gō-​ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce egocentric (audio) also  ˌe-​ \ adverb
egocentricity \ ˌē-​gō-​ˌsen-​ˈtri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce egocentric (audio) also  ˌe-​ \ noun

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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.

Examples of egocentric in a Sentence

Adjective the cult attracts egocentric people who are preoccupied with reaching their potential as individuals
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Demanding new coach and egocentric crew captain immediately clash? Joe Leydon, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 By decreasing blood flow to the brain’s default mode network, verbal planning and egocentric behavior are lessened. Natan Ponieman, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Frank came off as pompous, long-winded and egocentric. oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2021 The biggest threat to their reputation is being seen as elitist or egocentric or a bad boss — the traits most associated with the old guard of magazine editors. New York Times, 1 July 2021 And that vision was not egocentric, self-centered or nationalistic. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 In a legal career that lasted more than four decades, Bailey was seen as arrogant, egocentric and contemptuous of authority. Mark Pratt, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 And that vision was not not egocentric, self-centered or nationalistic. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 2021 Men who score high in psychopathy tend to fit the alpha male archetype of being dominant, fearless, aggressive, and egocentric. Simon Croom, Fortune, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of egocentric


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of egocentric

: caring too much about yourself and not about other people : self-centered


ego·​cen·​tric | \ ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik also ˌeg-ō- How to pronounce egocentric (audio) \

Medical Definition of egocentric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from egocentric

egocentrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce egocentric (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of egocentric (Entry 2 of 2)

: an egocentric individual

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