[ ee-guh-tiz-uhm, eg-uh- ]
/ ˈi gəˌtɪz əm, ˈɛg ə- /


excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness.
selfishness; self-centeredness; egoism.

Origin of egotism

1705–15; < Latin ego ego + -ism; -t- perhaps after despotism, idiotism2


1 Egotism, egoism refer to preoccupation with one's ego or self. Egotism is the common word for obtrusive and excessive reference to and emphasis upon oneself and one's own importance: His egotism alienated all his friends. Egoism, a less common word, is used especially in philosophy, ethics, or metaphysics, where it emphasizes the importance of or preoccupation with self in relation to other things: sufficient egoism to understand one's central place in the universe. See also pride.

Related forms

an·ti·e·go·tism, noun

Can be confused

egoism egotism (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for egotism


/ (ˈiːɡəˌtɪzəm, ˈɛɡə-) /


an inflated sense of self-importance or superiority; self-centredness
excessive reference to oneself

Word Origin for egotism

C18: from Latin ego I + -ism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for egotism


[ (ee-guh-tiz-uhm) ]

An excessive regard for one's own talents or achievements; conceit, self-importance; acting with only one's own interests in mind.

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