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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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  • But Kalugin was an egotist and gifted with nerves of steel; in a word, he was what is called brave.

    Sevastopol Lyof N. Tolsto
  • On our knees the egotist must die, and the altruist be born.

  • The egotist seemed not to object to having all the talk to himself.

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • He was a successful man, and, like all successful men, he was an egotist.

  • Did the pale stars and the restless waves teach no lesson that such an egotist might learn, and be the better for the learning?

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Hence oblivion, often unjust, is the punishment which the egotist suffers.

  • And he is an egotist in every thing—in gallantry, in conversation, in principle, and in heart.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • Man, egotist though he be, exacts sympathy from all the universe.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • If only the Chief knew how he had plunged along in his own way, an egotist, an iconoclast!

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • That Risler, with all his good-nature, was an egotist pure and simple, a parvenu.

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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