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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
1815-1825
1815-25; < German Narzissismus. See narcissus, -ism
Related forms
narcissist, narcist, noun
narcissistic, narcistic, adjective
nonnarcism, noun
nonnarcissism, noun
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Examples for narcistic
  • narcistic neuroses can scarcely be approached by the same technique which served us in the transference neuroses.
British Dictionary definitions for narcistic

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 narcistic
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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narcistic 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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narcistic 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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