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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'

His tirade against the town was narcissism ; he was in love with himself as rebel.
Clive Barker THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001)
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

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