narcissist

[ nahr-suh-sist ]
/ ˈnɑr sə sɪst /

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In conversation, we tend to use this word casually to mean "a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain, and selfish," but "narcissist" actually has a pretty sordid history.

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noun

a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
Psychoanalysis. a person who suffers from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental attributes.
Also nar·cist [nahr-sist] /ˈnɑr sɪst/.

Origin of narcissist

First recorded in 1920–30; narciss(ism) + -ist
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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