Meaning of narcissism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɑːsɪsɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1Excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance.

    ‘But excessive self-love, or narcissism, could actually increase violence in schools.’
    • ‘Like most blogs, the content is erratic, syncopated by the intrusions of daily life, random interests, monomania, narcissism and booze.’
    • ‘Is indulging our individual truths a form of excessive narcissism?’
    • ‘The second is a factor which has been called narcissism, or excessive love and pampering of one's self, including intense preoccupation with one's own state of being.’
    • ‘This was closer to sociopathy and narcissism than to an impulsive psychotic response to perceived injustices.’
    • ‘I can't attribute my downfall to narcissism and only to narcissism.’
    • ‘Filmed on a low budget in a 19-day shoot, the movie is a sincere but ultimately inadequate look at the film industry's narcissism and moral confusion.’
    • ‘This tender yet unsettling vision of the future explores themes of identity, sexuality and narcissism.’
    • ‘He finds himself with addictions to voyeurism and narcissism, as well as a nasty coke habit.’
    • ‘The analyst's narcissism may be such that it is better to rest easy in seductive certitude rather than tolerate ambiguities, uncertainties and the discomforting state of not-knowing!’
    • ‘This healthy narcissism may actually aid guilt-prone individuals in productive day-to-day interactions.’
    • ‘But narcissism isn't just a combination of monumental self-esteem and rudeness.’
    • ‘Although he was not a sporting person he admits that he exercised to keep his appearance at its best and satisfy his narcissism.’
    • ‘Mirror shots abound as the characters' narcissism is exposed and the brittleness of appearances scrutinised.’
    • ‘His is a compelling and often tragic story, but there's a definite element of narcissism there too.’
    • ‘They also showed a high level of narcissism in the things that they said.’
    • ‘This gathering together of understanding is in itself an aspect of narcissism.’
    • ‘It is apparent from any survey of the criticism of confessional poetry that the mode is habitually and negatively associated with an authorial self-absorption verging on narcissism.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that she makes great use of narcissism; no self-respecting artist of this period could live without that particular reflecting pool.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, religion's understanding of truth and selfless commitment to a wider community or cause appears preferable to today's culture of narcissism and navel-gazing.’
    conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, narcissism, self-love, self-admiration, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-centredness, egotism, egoism, egocentrism, egomania
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    1. 1.1Psychology Selfishness, involving a sense of entitlement, a lack of empathy, and a need for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.
      ‘Would-be doctors had personality defects ranging from extreme over-confidence, narcissism and aloofness to being overly empathetic.’
      • ‘She might even have admitted to extreme narcissism if it made a good line.’
      • ‘This factor supports the idea that an extreme narcissism is a specific psychogenic factor here.’
      • ‘He believes that such behavior results from personality traits such as narcissism as well as a memory bias.’
      • ‘Psychologists call this narcissism, the personality trait that was inspired by Narcissus, the Greek god who saw his reflection in a pool and fell in love with himself.’
      • ‘Although about one in five were found to have personality defects such as extreme overconfidence, aloofness and narcissism, the same group also tended to score well on problem-solving.’
    2. 1.2Psychoanalysis Self-centredness arising from failure to distinguish the self from external objects, either in very young babies or as a feature of mental disorder.
      ‘‘One of the features of narcissism is enormous confidence and self-esteem,’ she observes.’
      • ‘And narcissism is a seductive mental disorder.’
      • ‘After all, normal narcissism makes most psychiatrists feel they are doing a good job, even when they may not be.’
      • ‘This suggests that neuroticism / narcissism combined with an abusive and/or harassing work environment does not make one more prone to deleterious drinking behavior.’
      • ‘There is, of course, a long and controversial history of viewing homosexuality as a displaced desire for the self and thus a form of narcissism.’
      • ‘Freud postulated a narcissistic stage of emotional development, or primary narcissism, which precedes any investment of libido in objects other than the self.’


Early 19th century via Latin from the Greek name Narkissos (see Narcissus) + -ism.