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narcissism (ˈnɑːsɪˌsɪzəm Pronunciation for narcissism or narcism (ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm Pronunciation for narcism

Definitions

noun

  1. an exceptional interest in or admiration for oneself, esp one's physical appearance
  2. sexual satisfaction derived from contemplation of one's own physical or mental endowments

Derived Forms

ˈnarcissist noun
ˌnarcisˈsistic adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Narcissus

Synonyms

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= egotism, vanity, conceit, self-regard, self-love, self-absorption, egoism, self-obsession, self-centredness, egocentricity, egomania, self-conceit, self-admiration, self-adulation

Example Sentences Including 'narcissism'

'My father was virtually absent from me because of his career and narcissism , and the lack of what he felt he needed.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Amis has also been charged with narcissism and flippancy for using his sister's troubled life as a metaphor for the Siberian death camps.
Spiked
And Sex and the City has been a program firmly devoted to narcissism and libido.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
His tirade against the town was narcissism ; he was in love with himself as rebel.
Clive Barker THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001)
I am not a psychologist, but I wonder at the link between narcissism and violence.
SA Star (2005)
Is this an effect of contemporary narcissism or blinkered individualism?
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Like all of them, she was infested with narcissism , a trait he could use as a weapon against her.
Val McDermid THE LAST TEMPTATION (2002)
Saddam Hussein is thought to suffer from malignant narcissism.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
Which seems to take the mirror-image effect to the ultimate conclusion of narcissism.
Sedgbeer, Sandra Sexual Power

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