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narcissist

[nahr-suh-sist]
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noun
  1. a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
  2. Psychoanalysis. a person who suffers from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental attributes.
Also nar·cist [nahr-sist] /ˈnɑr sɪst/.

Origin of narcissist

First recorded in 1920–30; narciss(ism) + -ist

narcissism

[nahr-suh-siz-em]
noun
  1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
  2. Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
Also nar·cism [nahr-siz-uh m] /ˈnɑr sɪz əm/.

Origin of narcissism

From the German word Narzissismus, dating back to 1815–25. See narcissus, -ism
Related formsnar·cis·sist, nar·cist, nounnar·cis·sis·tic, nar·cis·tic, adjectivenon·nar·cism, nounnon·nar·cis·sism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for narcist

narcissism

narcism (ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm)

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 Formsnarcissist, nounnarcissistic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Narcissus
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Word Origin and History for narcist

narcissism

n.

1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphoses," iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.

But already Krishna, enamoured of himself, had resolved to experience lust for his own self; he manifested his own Nature in the cow-herd girls and enjoyed them." [Karapatri, "Lingopasana-rahasya," Siddhanta, II, 1941-2]

Sometimes erroneously as narcism.

narcissist

n.

1930, from narcissism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

narcist in Medicine

narcissism

(närsĭ-sĭz′əm)
n.
  1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself.
  2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
  3. Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
  4. The attribute of the human psyche characterized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.
Related formsnarcis•sist n.nar′cis•sistic adj.
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narcist in Culture

narcissism

[(nahr-suh-siz-uhm)]

A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.

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