[ 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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM narcissismnar·cis·sist, nar·cist, nounnar·cis·sis·tic, nar·cis·tic, adjectivenon·nar·cism, nounnon·nar·cis·sism, noun
Words nearby narcissism
, narcissistic personality
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British Dictionary definitions for narcistic
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 narcissismnarcissist, nounnarcissistic, adjective
Word Origin for narcissism
C19: from Narcissus
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Medical definitions for narcistic
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 narcissismnar′cis•sist n.nar′cis•sis′tic adj.
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Cultural definitions for narcistic
A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.
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