WORD ORIGIN 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.
nar·cist [ nahr-sist] /ˈnɑr sɪst/
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.
nar·cism [ nahr-siz- uh m] /ˈnɑr sɪz əm/
Origin of narcissism
dating back to
-ism Related forms nar·cis·sist, nar·cist, noun nar·cis·sis·tic, nar·cis·tic, adjective non·nar·cism, noun non·nar·cis·sism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for narcist 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 narcissist, noun narcissistic, adjective Word Origin for narcissism
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Word Origin and History for narcist n.
1905, from German
Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphoses," iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822. But already Krishna, enamoured of himself, had resolved to experience lust for his own self; he manifested his own Nature in the cow-herd girls and enjoyed them." [Karapatri, "Lingopasana-rahasya," Siddhanta, II, 1941-2]
Sometimes erroneously as
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narcissism [när ′sĭ-sĭz′əm] 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. Related forms nar ′cis•sist n. nar′cis•sis ′tic adj.
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narcissism [( nahr-suh-siz-uhm)]
A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of
egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.
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