[ nahr-suh-sist ]
/ ˈnɑr sə sɪst /


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

Definition for narcist (2 of 2)

[ nahr-suh-siz-em ]
/ ˈnɑr səˌsɪz ɛm /


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.
Also nar·cism [nahr-siz-uh m] /ˈnɑr sɪz əm/.

Origin of narcissism

From the German word Narzissismus, dating back to 1815–25. See narcissus, -ism


nar·cis·sist, nar·cist, nounnar·cis·sis·tic, nar·cis·tic, adjectivenon·nar·cism, nounnon·nar·cis·sism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for narcist


narcism (ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm)

/ (ˈnɑːsɪˌsɪzəm) /


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, nounnarcissistic, adjective

Word Origin for narcissism

C19: from Narcissus
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Medicine definitions for narcist

[ närsĭ-sĭz′əm ]


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

narcis•sist n.nar′cis•sistic adj.
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Culture definitions for narcist

[ (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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