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[nahr-suh-sis-tik] /ˌnɑr səˈsɪs tɪk/
having an undue fascination with oneself; vain.
Psychoanalysis. tending to derive erotic gratification from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes.
Origin of narcissistic
1910-20; narciss(ism) + -istic
Related forms
narcissistically, adverb
nonnarcissistic, adjective
unnarcissistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His true, narcissistic, face is exposed and it is hideous to behold.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Behind them, Francis returned to his narcissistic study of himself in stone.

    The Servant Problem Robert F. Young
  • The second is the narcissistic which seeks its own ego and finds it in the other.

  • He is fixed in the narcissistic stage of his life, and is unadapted to the world of social relations.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Word Origin and History for narcissistic

1912, see narcissism + -istic. Sometimes erroneously as narcistic. Related: Narcissistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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