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[ee-guh-tist, eg-uh-] /ˈi gə tɪst, ˈɛg ə-/
a conceited, boastful person.
a selfish person; egoist.
Origin of egotist
1705-15; egot(ism) + -ist
Related forms
antiegotist, noun, adjective
Can be confused
egoist, egotist. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for egotist
  • They deploy their half-knowledge of everything and their detailed knowledge of persuasion for their egotist objectives.
  • One reason was this: there was not an egotist among them.
  • Yet he portrays this blinkered egotist without displaying any narcissism of his own.
  • The self-solidification of the true egotist acts as a wall between him and people.
  • If he were a fiery egotist with a flare for drama, the ambitious caution he advocates might seem less credible.
  • Only the egotist wants to be surrounded by mirror images of himself.
British Dictionary definitions for egotist


/ˈiːɡətɪst; ˈɛɡ-/
a conceited boastful person
a self-interested person; egoist
Derived Forms
egotistic, egotistical, adjective
egotistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for egotist

1714, first used by Joseph Addison; see ego + -ist. Addison credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person singular pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is 1800. The -t- is abnornmal, perhaps by influence of dogmatism. Related: Egotistic; egotistical.

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