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[mass noun] The fact of being excessively conceited or absorbed in oneself:‘in his arrogance and egotism, he underestimated Gill’
self-centredness, egocentricity, egomania, self-interest, selfishness, self-seeking, self-serving, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-love, narcissism, self-admiration, self-adulation, vanity, conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, pride, self-esteem, self-importanceboastfulness, boasting, bragging, blowing one's own trumpetamour proprelooking after number onebraggadocioView synonyms
- ‘Maybe that's selfishness and egotism, but that's how I feel.’
- ‘The problems of corporate governance are about much more than rapacious egotism.’
- ‘Indeed, conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism.’
- ‘And one cannot but notice the extraordinary egotism that such an absolute faith in the rightness of one's feelings demonstrates.’
- ‘His morbid egotism, combined with his acceptance of a passive social role, is far too strong.’
- ‘Here I admit that most of my humour is based on egotism.’
- ‘He was a perfect ‘revolutionary’ leader because of his egotism and authoritarian attitudes.’
- ‘The philosophy behind such an assumption is pure egotism.’
- ‘She'd thrown away religious doctrines and was now pronouncing religious ritual as nothing much more than a device for reducing egotism.’
- ‘This delusion may derive from egotism, or just complete lack of self-awareness.’
- ‘Apart from the idiotic waste of money, what on earth can this man's motives be, apart from sheer egotism?’
- ‘Very often though, egotism can be an attempt to cover up insecurity in a person who does not feel they will be good enough without it.’
- ‘The limiting factor in space travel is our own egotism.’
- ‘Let me first make it clear that egotism and vanity are two different things.’
- ‘So when she said that she decided to stay on as there was important work to do afterwards, I grinned at the splendid naivety of her egotism.’
- ‘There's something to all of this on a psychological level, something more than mere egotism, I hope, but I'm not sure what it is.’
- ‘But to see it damaged by nothing more than speculation and egotism was enough to drive some of those closely involved, well, apoplectic.’
- ‘She'd never seen that side of him before, had never dug deep enough under that egotism and self-absorbancy.’
- ‘Denial would appear to be in fact much more common even than excess egotism.’
- ‘They live for up to several months in the bush, where they learn to overcome pride, egotism, and selfishness.’
On the difference between egotism and egoism, see egoism
Early 18th century: from French égoïste, from Latin ego I.
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