egotism

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

noun

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
SYNONYMS FOR egotism
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 formsan·ti·e·go·tism, noun
Can be confusedegoism egotism (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for egotism

egotism

/ (ˈiːɡəˌtɪzəm, ˈɛɡə-) /

noun

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

Word Origin for egotism

C18: from Latin ego I + -ism
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Word Origin and History for egotism

egotism


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for egotism

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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