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narcissistic

[nahr-suh-sis-tik]
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adjective
  1. having an undue fascination with oneself; vain.
  2. Psychoanalysis. tending to derive erotic gratification from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes.
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Origin of narcissistic

First recorded in 1910–20; narciss(ism) + -istic
Related formsnar·cis·sis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·nar·cis·sis·tic, adjectiveun·nar·cis·sis·tic, adjective
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  • Behind them, Francis returned to his Narcissistic study of himself in stone.

    The Servant Problem

    Robert F. Young

  • His true, narcissistic, face is exposed and it is hideous to behold.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The second is the narcissistic which seeks its own ego and finds it in the other.

  • He is fixed in the Narcissistic stage of his life, and is unadapted to the world of social relations.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury


Word Origin and History for narcissistic

adj.

1912, see narcissism + -istic. Sometimes erroneously as narcistic. Related: Narcissistically.

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