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[self-ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd, self-] /ˈsɛlf æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd, ˌsɛlf-/
preoccupied with one's thoughts, interests, etc.
Origin of self-absorbed
1840-50 Unabridged
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  • With a light touch and keen ear, she had spent decades chronicling the ambivalent desires of her self-absorbed cohort.
  • She comes across as extremely self-absorbed, attention-seeking, and eager to scapegoat others for decisions she regrets.
  • Any good workshop leader will teach students the craft, rather than allowing self-absorbed emoting.
  • The heart of the movie is an exploration of the relationship between these two volatile, complicated, self-absorbed individuals.
  • Compulsively cerebral and self-absorbed, he searches for release in the ordinary and the unexamined.
  • He's simultaneously outer-directed and self-absorbed.
  • People who are smug are self-satisfied, narcissists are self-absorbed and often self-indulgent and braggarts are self-serving.
  • The movie possesses a charm that, though gentle, is firmly rooted in the realities of a completely self-absorbed civilization.
  • It is self-absorbed, self-indulgent, too often self-pitying.
  • Kent is high on something, and as self-absorbed as his idol.
British Dictionary definitions for self-absorbed


preoccupied with one's own thoughts, emotions, life, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-absorbed

1796, from self- + absorbed (see absorb).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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