narcissist

[nahr-suh-sist]

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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 dark 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.

Nearby words

  1. narcan,
  2. narceine,
  3. narcism,
  4. narcissi,
  5. narcissism,
  6. narcissistic,
  7. narcissistic personality,
  8. narcissus,
  9. narco,
  10. narco-

Also nar·cist [nahr-sist] /ˈnɑr sɪst/.

Origin of narcissist

First recorded in 1920–30; narciss(ism) + -ist

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Word Origin and History for narcissist

narcissist

n.

1930, from narcissism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper