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narcissist

[nahr-suh-sist] /ˈnɑr sə sɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
2.
Psychoanalysis. a person who suffers from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental attributes.
Also, narcist.
Origin
1920-1930
1920-30; narciss(ism) + -ist

narcissism

[nahr-suh-siz-em] /ˈnɑr səˌsɪz ɛm/
noun
1.
inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
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-uh m] /ˈnɑr sɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1815-25; < German Narzissismus. See narcissus, -ism
Related forms
narcissist, narcist, noun
narcissistic, narcistic, adjective
nonnarcism, noun
nonnarcissism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for narcissists

narcissism

/ˈnɑːsɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
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
Derived Forms
narcissist, noun
narcissistic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Narcissus
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Word Origin and History for narcissists

narcissism

n.

1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a 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.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.

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]
Sometimes erroneously as narcism.

narcissist

n.

1930, from narcissism + -ist.

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narcissists in Medicine

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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narcissists in Culture
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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