[ee-guh-tiz-uhm, eg-uh-]
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Origin of egotism

1705–15; < Latin ego ego + -ism; -t- perhaps after despotism, idiotism2
Related formsan·ti·e·go·tism, noun
Can be confusedegoism egotism (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for egotism

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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.

Antonyms for egotism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of egotism

Historical Examples of egotism

  • The tenderness, the devotedness of his mother had instilled into him an egotism that was ferocious.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The egotism he displayed in the enjoyment of his good fortune, shielded him from any fault.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The egotism of one of the parties may be too much for the other.



  • Arlt inquired, with a frankness which yet bore no taint of egotism.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Perhaps it was my egotism, which made me over-bold, thinking that any woman could love me.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for egotism


  1. an inflated sense of self-importance or superiority; self-centredness
  2. 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

Word Origin and History for egotism

1714, from ego + -ism (see egotist). Meaning "selfishness" is from 1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

egotism in Culture



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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