[ ee-goh-sen-trik, eg-oh- ]
/ ˌi goʊˈsɛn trɪk, ˌɛg oʊ- /


having or regarding the self or the individual as the center of all things: an egocentric philosophy that ignores social causes.
having little or no regard for interests, beliefs, or attitudes other than one's own; self-centered: an egocentric person; egocentric demands upon the time and patience of others.


an egocentric person.

Origin of egocentric

First recorded in 1895–1900; ego + -centric

Related forms

e·go·cen·tric·i·ty [ee-goh-sen-tris-i-tee, eg-oh-] /ˌi goʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌɛg oʊ-/, noune·go·cen·trism, nounnon·e·go·cen·tric, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for egocentrism

  • Setting yourself up as someone superior to the Strategy Board is the most antisocial type of egocentrism imaginable.

    The Highest Treason|Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for egocentrism (1 of 2)


/ (ˌiːɡəʊˈsɛntrɪzəm, ˌɛɡəʊ-) /


the condition or fact of being egocentric
psychol a stage in a child's development characterized by lack of awareness that other people's points of view differ from his own

British Dictionary definitions for egocentrism (2 of 2)


/ (ˌiːɡəʊˈsɛntrɪk, ˌɛɡ-) /


regarding everything only in relation to oneself; self-centred; selfish
philosophy pertaining to a theory in which everything is considered in relation to the selfan egocentric universe


a self-centred person; egotist

Derived Forms

egocentricity, noun
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Medicine definitions for egocentrism


[ ē′gō-sĕntrĭk, ĕg′ō- ]


Marked by extreme concentration of attention upon oneself; self-centered.

Related forms

e′go•centric n.
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Culture definitions for egocentrism


[ (ee-goh-sen-trik) ]

Preoccupied with one's own concerns.

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