narcissism

[nahr-suh-siz-em]
noun
1.
inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity. self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.
2.
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.
Also, narcism [nahr-siz-uhm] .


Origin:
1815–25; < German Narzissismus. See narcissus, -ism

narcissist, narcist, noun
narcissistic, narcistic, adjective
nonnarcism, noun
nonnarcissism, noun
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narcissism or narcism (ˈnɑːsɪˌsɪzəm, ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm)
 
n
1.  an exceptional interest in or admiration for oneself, esp one's physical appearance
2.  sexual satisfaction derived from contemplation of one's own physical or mental endowments
 
[C19: from Narcissus]
 
narcism or narcism
 
n
 
[C19: from Narcissus]
 
'narcissist or narcism
 
n
 
narcis'sistic or narcism
 
adj

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narcissism
1905, from Ger. Narzissismus, coined 1899 by Ger. psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913) [in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"], on a comparison first suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Gk. Narkissos, beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphoses," iii.370) who fell in love with his own
reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.).
But already Krishna, enamoured of himself, had resolved to experience lust for his own self; he manifested his own Nature in the cow-herd girls and enjoyed them." [Karapatri, "Lingopasana-rahasya," Siddhanta, II, 1941-2]
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narcissism nar·cis·sism (när'sĭ-sĭz'əm) or nar·cism (när'sĭz'əm)
n.

  1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself.

  2. 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.


nar'cis·sist n.
nar'cis·sis'tic adj.
nar'cis·sis'ti·cal·ly adv.
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narcissism [(nahr-suh-siz-uhm)]

A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.

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Narcism ruled that small circle and it is no surprise these sharks will eat each other.
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