View synonyms for narcissist


[ nahr-suh-sist ]


  1. a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
  2. Psychiatry. a person who has narcissistic personality disorder ( def ).
  3. Psychoanalysis. a person who experiences or exhibits narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of their own physical or mental attributes.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of narcissist1

First recorded in 1915–20; narciss(ism) + -ist

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Example Sentences

It’s about Anna, the eldest child, only daughter and family narcissist.

All told, the subject reads as a textbook narcissist—which is only a problem because the beauty and significance of his designs remain largely unexplored.

From Time

If there’s one idea that pervades Tina Fey’s humor, it’s that the fishbowl of society distorts us all into cartoons of ourselves, making us a nation of selfish, solipsistic narcissists who treat each other as stereotypes.

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Unfortunately, because they also exude confidence and have enormous faith in their own vision, narcissists can often talk their way up the chain at an organization and develop a loyal following.

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He describes the president in derisive terms — a narcissist who does not understand the military, cares only about his political fortunes and is unqualified to be president, the people said.

Charles Krauthammer has told Fox News that President Obama is a narcissist.

Or he could be a narcissist, motivated by the glory of seeing his name in print.

She turned around and became a mother who was a complete narcissist because she had never had enough attention.

Good thing there is no chance of this baby becoming a narcissist.

Abramoff derides Senator John McCain as a “classic narcissist.”


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