Definition of egotism in English:



  • The practice of talking and thinking about oneself excessively because of an undue sense of self-importance.

    ‘in his arrogance and egotism, he underestimated Jill’
    • ‘The problems of corporate governance are about much more than rapacious egotism.’
    • ‘His morbid egotism, combined with his acceptance of a passive social role, is far too strong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism.’
    • ‘She'd thrown away religious doctrines and was now pronouncing religious ritual as nothing much more than a device for reducing egotism.’
    • ‘Apart from the idiotic waste of money, what on earth can this man's motives be, apart from sheer 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.’
    • ‘This delusion may derive from egotism, or just complete lack of self-awareness.’
    • ‘They live for up to several months in the bush, where they learn to overcome pride, egotism, and selfishness.’
    • ‘She'd never seen that side of him before, had never dug deep enough under that egotism and self-absorbancy.’
    • ‘Here I admit that most of my humour is based on egotism.’
    • ‘Maybe that's selfishness and egotism, but that's how I feel.’
    • ‘And one cannot but notice the extraordinary egotism that such an absolute faith in the rightness of one's feelings demonstrates.’
    • ‘The philosophy behind such an assumption is pure egotism.’
    • ‘But to see it damaged by nothing more than speculation and egotism was enough to drive some of those closely involved, well, apoplectic.’
    • ‘Let me first make it clear that egotism and vanity are two different things.’
    • ‘He was a perfect ‘revolutionary’ leader because of his egotism and authoritarian attitudes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Denial would appear to be in fact much more common even than excess egotism.’
    • ‘The limiting factor in space travel is our own egotism.’
    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-importance
    boastfulness, boasting, bragging, blowing one's own trumpet
    amour propre
    looking after number one
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See egoism


Early 18th century: from French égoïste, from Latin ego I.