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[ee-goh-sen-trik, eg-oh-] /ˌi goʊˈsɛn trɪk, ˌɛg oʊ-/
having or regarding the self or the individual as the center of all things:
an egocentric philosophy that ignores social causes.
having little or no regard for interests, beliefs, or attitudes other than one's own; self-centered:
an egocentric person; egocentric demands upon the time and patience of others.
an egocentric person.
Origin of egocentric
1895-1900; ego + -centric
Related forms
[ee-goh-sen-tris-i-tee, eg-oh-] /ˌi goʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌɛg oʊ-/ (Show IPA),
egocentrism, noun
nonegocentric, adjective
2. self-absorbed, self-obsessed.
2. altruistic, unselfish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for egocentric
  • They are notoriously egocentric and selfish.
  • He is hastily generalizing from his egocentric point of view.
  • We have historically been very egocentric in our view of the universe which leaves us to not see the forest for the trees.
  • He fit the image of the mad genius, a romantic figure America glorifies while resenting it as egocentric and inegalitarian.
  • Certainly the title is a little grand and the tone egocentric.
  • The world was not made to just house, clothe, feed and adulate the egocentric individual.
  • Looking back, I was very egocentric.
  • In an otherwise egocentric book, Pollack deserves credit for diagnosing universal existential maladies.
  • Sometimes they agree, other times they don't, and they're all a tad egocentric.
  • It is short sited and egocentric for anyone to say anything is impossible.
British Dictionary definitions for egocentric


/ˌiːɡəʊˈsɛntrɪk; ˌɛɡ-/
regarding everything only in relation to oneself; self-centred; selfish
(philosophy) pertaining to a theory in which everything is considered in relation to the self: an egocentric universe
a self-centred person; egotist
Derived Forms
egocentricity, noun
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Word Origin and History for egocentric

1900, from ego + -centric. Related: Egocentricity; egocentrism.

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egocentric in Medicine

egocentric e·go·cen·tric (ē'gō-sěn'trĭk, ěg'ō-)
Marked by extreme concentration of attention upon oneself; self-centered.

e'go·cen'tric n.
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egocentric in Culture
egocentric [(ee-goh-sen-trik)]

Preoccupied with one's own concerns.

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