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[ee-guh-tist, eg-uh-]
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  1. a conceited, boastful person.
  2. a selfish person; egoist.
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Origin of egotist

First recorded in 1705–15; egot(ism) + -ist
Related formsan·ti·e·go·tist, noun, adjective
Can be confusedegoist egotist
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Related Words

boaster, egomaniac, braggart, egoist

Examples from the Web for egotist

Historical Examples

  • Hence oblivion, often unjust, is the punishment which the egotist suffers.

    The Legacy of Greece


  • And he is an egotist in every thing—in gallantry, in conversation, in principle, and in heart.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • I become communist or egotist, as is most convenient to the speaker and most damaging to myself.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • He has been described as an "egotist," but I challenge the description.

  • On our knees the egotist must die, and the altruist be born.

British Dictionary definitions for egotist


  1. a conceited boastful person
  2. a self-interested person; egoist
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Derived Formsegotistic or egotistical, adjectiveegotistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for egotist


1714, first used by Joseph Addison; see ego + -ist. Addison credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person singular pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is 1800. The -t- is abnornmal, perhaps by influence of dogmatism. Related: Egotistic; egotistical.

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