a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
Psychoanalysis. a person who suffers from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental attributes.
Also, narcist.

1920–30; narciss(ism) + -ist Unabridged


inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity. self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.
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] .

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

narcissist, narcist, noun
narcissistic, narcistic, adjective
nonnarcism, noun
nonnarcissism, noun Unabridged
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narcissism or narcism (ˈnɑːsɪˌsɪzəm, ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm)
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
[C19: from Narcissus]
'narcissist or narcism
narcis'sistic or narcism

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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]

1930, from narcissism.
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narcissism nar·cis·sism (när'sĭ-sĭz'əm) or nar·cism (när'sĭz'əm)

  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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Example sentences
With ruling narcissists in charge, only motivated by graft and corruption, any
  country would be ripe for the picking.
There are some advantages to having narcissists in charge.
Many psychopaths are narcissistic, but not many narcissists are psychopathic.
The schemers and narcissists who become conciliators and mentors.
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