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View synonyms for egotism

egotism

[ ee-guh-tiz-uhm, eg-uh- ]

noun

  1. excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness.

    Antonyms: altruism, modesty, humility

  2. selfishness; self-centeredness; egoism.


egotism

/ ˈɛɡə-; ˈiːɡəˌtɪzəm /

noun

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


egotism

  1. 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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Other Words From

  • anti·ego·tism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of egotism1

First recorded in 1705–15; Latin ego ego + -ism; -t- perhaps after despotism, idiotism 2
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Word History and Origins

Origin of egotism1

C18: from Latin ego I + -ism
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Synonym Study

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. pride.
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Example Sentences

Miranda keeps a sort of tender distance away from Larson’s perspective, so that we have room to critique both his egotism and his music, which is juvenile, frequently mediocre, and only occasionally brilliant.

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Morgan chalked this up to a combination of male pride and egotism.

For all his egotism and irascibility, Churchill was a good man as well as a great one.

It also protects the individual against egotism and delusions of grandeur.

Instead of displaying what would have been, in context, a healthy egotism as the mug fell, Leno looked as vulnerable as a child.

Success in our politics often requires a voracious, antinomian egotism, a sense that rules are for others.

As regards money, from the moment I left Russia I have not ceased to reproach myself for my unfeeling egotism.

Is she more exempt from egotism, does she dislike others less, and has she fewer worldly affections?

To their last day Jenkins's clients went about, showed themselves, cheated the devouring egotism of the crowd.

He knew that the old man had no sentiments beyond egotism, and a family pride which mainly, if not entirely, sprang from it.

Compromise in small or great seemed cowardice, and there was no doubt a strain of egotism in his obstinacy.

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