narcissism [ nahr-s uh-siz-em ] SHOW IPA / ˈnɑr səˌsɪz ɛm / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity. Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development. QUIZZES DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?
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nar·cism [ nahr-siz- uh m] /ˈnɑr sɪz əm/
Origin of narcissism
From the German word
dating back to 1815–25. See
-ism OTHER WORDS FROM narcissism nar·cis·sist, nar·cist, noun nar·cis·sis·tic, nar·cis·tic, adjective non·nar·cism, noun non·nar·cis·sism, noun Words nearby narcissism narbonne
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Example sentences from the Web for narcism British Dictionary definitions for narcism narcissism narcism ( ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm) noun an exceptional interest in or admiration for oneself, esp one's physical appearance sexual satisfaction derived from contemplation of one's own physical or mental endowments Derived forms of narcissism narcissist, noun narcissistic, adjective Word Origin for narcissism
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Medical definitions for narcism n. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem. Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development. The attribute of the human psyche characterized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits. Other words from narcissism nar ′cis•sist n. nar′cis•sis ′tic adj.
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Cultural definitions for narcism
A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of
egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.
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