Definition of egocentric in US English:



  • 1Thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others; self-centered.

    ‘their egocentric tendency to think of themselves as invulnerable’
    • ‘Are we all egocentric, narcissistic online exhibitionists who believe our lives are so important that they deserve to be publicised?’
    • ‘‘Ian's just a little egocentric sometimes,’ Gavin replied.’
    • ‘I don't want to sound self centered of egocentric, but I was the reason he was happy.’
    • ‘Somebody who has a narcissistic personality disorder would be so extremely egocentric that other people would find it very difficult to tolerate being with them.’
    • ‘He paints the characters as shallow, egocentric individuals who exist primarily to have a good time.’
    • ‘He had always seemed blasé and perhaps a bit egocentric.’
    • ‘As a consequence, this prevalence of mass marketing and consumerism has led to a selfish, egocentric culture where one's own apparent needs and desires come first at the exclusion of the needs of others.’
    • ‘She can tell that he is still the shallow, egocentric man she once worked for.’
    • ‘This makes sense, given the egocentric and selfish nature of these crimes, compared to those of political activists, who often have ideological motivations.’
    • ‘Sociopaths are very egocentric individuals that lack a sense of personal responsibility and morality.’
    • ‘For instance, drug-using mothers have been characterized as egocentric with a narcissistic orientation toward their children.’
    • ‘Eddie is a nice guy, so we can't imagine why he is so devoted to Gwen, a vain and egocentric diva.’
    • ‘In comparison, I think he felt these poems were too egocentric.’
    • ‘Maybe that's an egocentric position, but I'm not one of those community above everything individuals - I also care about myself.’
    • ‘Aristocratic characters were generally portrayed as egocentric individuals with loose morals and a tendency to treat women either as sex objects or as a means of exchange.’
    • ‘As it is, Martin is a dreadful bore - arrogant, self-important and so egocentric it's a wonder he had time to obsess about anyone other than himself.’
    • ‘You're being a little egocentric, don't you think?’
    • ‘Avoid egocentric tendencies to demand too much personal attention.’
    • ‘In contrast, the most destructive thing in our lives, the perpetual experience of great suffering, is brought about by our own egocentric clinging to selfish and insatiable pursuits.’
    • ‘First, it was a good thing that the negotiation process was led by a pair of egocentric men whose machismo instincts somehow consistently outweighed common courtesy, common dignity and common sense.’
    self-centred, selfish, egomaniacal, self-interested, self-seeking, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-loving, narcissistic, vain, conceited, proud, self-important
    self-centred, egomaniacal, self-interested, egotistic, egoistic, selfish, self-seeking, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-loving, narcissistic, vain, conceited, proud, self-important
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    1. 1.1 Centered in or arising from a person's own existence or perspective.
      ‘egocentric spatial perception’
      • ‘In contrast, the dorsal stream is activated more rapidly, is specialized for the guidance of action, does not make its outputs available for direct report, and codes spatial position in an egocentric reference frame.’
      • ‘Finally, controlling for egocentric processing/self-referent mental simulation may help elucidate the role of self-processing in spatial cognition.’
      • ‘The findings from the three studies do not support the notion that adolescents believe others are attentive to and critical of their every move, or that their social cognition and perception is egocentric and distorted.’
      • ‘Taking yourself out of the picture helps shift you away from an egocentric perspective and allows the other images in the dream to come forward.’
      • ‘Likewise, leadership theory is egocentric, emphasizing the power of the individual.’


  • An egocentric person.

    • ‘The other are a bunch of stadium-hogging egocentrics whose lead singer has almost bankrupt the band on two separate occasions due to ill-advised property investments.’
    • ‘We need to make ourselves gentle, peaceful, flexible and tame, rather than being undisciplined, rigid, stubborn egocentrics.’
    • ‘No one got along with him and he was an egocentric.’
    • ‘Authenticity is incredibly important in a Blogging Community (phonies and egocentrics are revealed as such pretty quickly).’
    • ‘The breezy style is often the work of an egocentric, the person who imagines that everything that comes to mind is of general interest and that uninhibited prose creates high spirits and carries the day.’
    self-seeker, egocentric, egomaniac, self admirer, narcissist
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Early 20th century: from ego, on the pattern of words such as geocentric.