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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Between the two, liberalism continued its life, formed its many governments, and practised its bourgeois wisdom and egotism.
▪ But the positive value of this female-identified modesty remains outweighed by the disadvantages which a lack of egotism implies in psychology.
▪ He is conscious of his egotism and takes a fearful joy in it.
▪ It can also - though by no means always - result in a similar egotism and aggression.
▪ It shows the extent of his egotism, and gives more evidence of his distorted values.
▪ The bonds of brotherhood are treacherously betrayed by ungovernable selfishness and egotism.
▪ The jahiliyya saw the unbridled reign of hawa, desire and individual egotism.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Egotism \E"go*tism\ (?; 277), n. [L. ego I + ending -tism for -ism, prob. influenced by other English words in -tism fr. the Greek, where t is not part of the ending, as baptism. See Egoism.] The practice of too frequently using the word I; hence, a speaking or writing overmuch of one's self; self-exaltation; self-praise; the act or practice of magnifying one's self or parading one's own doings. The word is also used in the sense of egoism.

His excessive egotism, which filled all objects with himself.

Syn: Egotism, Self-conceit, Vanity, Egoism. Self-conceit is an overweening opinion of one's talents, capacity, attractions, etc.; egotism is the acting out of self-conceit, or self-importance, in words and exterior conduct; vanity is inflation of mind arising from the idea of being thought highly of by others. It shows itself by its eagerness to catch the notice of others. Egoism is a state in which the feelings are concentrated on one's self. Its expression is egotism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1714, "too frequent use of 'I'," from ego + -ism. First used by Joseph Addison, who credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person singular pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is from 1800. The -t- is abnormal, perhaps by influence of dogmatism.


n. 1 A tendency to talk excessively about oneself. 2 A belief that one is superior to or more important than others. 3 egoism. 4 (context countable English) The result or product of being egoistic.

  1. n. an exaggerated opinion of your own importance [syn: self-importance, swelled head]

  2. an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others [syn: ego, self-importance]


Egotism is the drive to maintain and enhance favorable views of oneself, and generally features an inflated opinion of one's personal features and importance. It often includes intellectual, physical, social and other overestimations. 

The egotist has an overwhelming sense of the centrality of the 'Me', that is to say of their personal qualities. Egotism means placing oneself at the core of one's world with no concern for others, including those "loved" or considered as "close," in any other terms except those subjectively set by the egotist.

Usage examples of "egotism".

I have an instinctive aversion to those cold, haughty, drawing-back characters, who are made up of the egotism of looking out for something that is wholly devoted to them, and that has not a breath to breathe that is not a sigh for their perfections.

But even when they came back alive they carried with them the germs of death, and another hecatomb ensued, another sacrifice to the monstrous god of social egotism.

In case of pressing necessity, could he exercise any authority over the capricious movements of the wilful Laureate, whose egotism was so absolute, whose imperious ways were so charming, whose commands were never questioned?

Like Jonathan Edwards, like David Osgood, he felt his call to be to study-work, and was impatient of the egotisms and spiritual megrims, in listening to which, especially from the younger females of his flock, his colleague had won the hearts of so many of his parishioners.

But neither the rich, musical voice nor the superb muliebrity of his companion could dull his perception of the fundamental egotism that shaped her views.

When the herd draws itself together in arms against the stranger it is a fall for those rare free spirits who love the whole world, but it raises the many who weakly vegetate in anarchistic egotism, and lifts them to that higher stage of organised selfishness.

Johnson was vain, loquacious, and offensively egotistic: Jackson, on the other hand, was proud, reserved, and with such abounding self-respect as excluded egotism.

It is really the stupid egotism of authors that is the stumbling-block in the way of true literature,--each little scribbler that produces a shilling sensational thinks his or her own work a marvel of genius, and nothing can shake them from their obstinate conviction.

The accommodations being greatly restricted, every body, from the moment of entering the boat, acts upon a system of unshrinking egotism.

He was quite well aware of such factors as ethnocentrism, to say nothing of egotism.

I needed to learn, from experts, that pure egotism that had always escaped me, for the little I had managed to build up, and which had so far only gone into my writing, was quickly vanquished by the sight of that tremulousness, that lost look in the eye, that disappointment that seemed to haunt me, to get in my way, even to obtrude on my consciousness, when I was busy building up my resources of selfishness.

Prince Andrew, with a beaming, ecstatic expression of renewed life on his face, paused in front of Pierre and, not noticing his sad look, smiled at him with the egotism of joy.

Some parents may be proficient and experienced freethinkers, and may never personally experience the terrible consequences of this egotism of theirs.

Like Jonathan Edwards, like David Osgood, he felt his call to be to study-work, and was impatient of the egotisms and spiritual megrims, in listening to which, especially from the younger females of his flock, his colleague had won the hearts of so many of his parishioners.

The child thus learns to distrust his or her own perceptions - both sensory and inward - moving further and further into emotional isolation, playing out games of egotism and conventional social ritual as a substitute for real life, consciousness and direct perception.