- a conceited, boastful person.
- a selfish person; egoist.
Origin of egotist
Examples from the Web for egotist
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
I become communist or egotist, as is most convenient to the speaker and most damaging to myself.We Two
He has been described as an "egotist," but I challenge the description.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
On our knees the egotist must die, and the altruist be born.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
- a conceited boastful person
- a self-interested person; egoist
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.