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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But no amount of bashful cuteness can disguise its humourless narcissism.
▪ Clearly it involves a mass narcissism which is supported by the social structures within which they work and play.
▪ Everything about the way Marx presented his ideas to the world conveyed his romantic narcissism.
▪ It teaches wariness and points to the danger of narcissism.
▪ The kiss of the prince breaks the spell of narcissism and awakens a womanhood which up to then has remained undeveloped.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

narcissism \narcissism\ n. An exceptional interest in and admiration for oneself.

Syn: self-love, narcism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphoses," iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.\n\nBut already Krishna, enamoured of himself, had resolved to experience lust for his own self; he manifested his own Nature in the cow-herd girls and enjoyed them."

[Karapatri, "Lingopasana-rahasya," Siddhanta, II, 1941-2]

\nSometimes erroneously as narcism.

n. 1 Excessive love of oneself. 2 Sexual desire for one's own body.


n. an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself [syn: self-love, narcism]


Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one's own attributes. The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water.

Narcissism is a concept in psychoanalytic theory, which was popularly introduced in Sigmund Freud's essay On Narcissism (1914). The American Psychiatric Association has had the classification narcissistic personality disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) since 1968, drawing on the historical concept of megalomania.

Narcissism is also considered a social or cultural problem. It is a factor in trait theory used in various self-report inventories of personality such as the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory. It is one of the three dark triadic personality traits (the others being psychopathy and Machiavellianism).

Except in the sense of primary narcissism or healthy self-love, narcissism is usually considered a problem in a person's or group's relationships with self and others. Narcissism is not the same as egocentrism.

Usage examples of "narcissism".

What bewitches Masha is the narcissism of adolescence, or the self-love of a youthful soul.

We had been sixties children, coddled first, then spoiled, and finally stranded by the neap tide of narcissism, left to rot with our obsessive quests for personal fulfillment.

Rylkova suggests, by contemporary scientific discourses on narcissism.

Genuine mystical or contemplative experiences, for example, are seen as a regression or throwback to infantile states of narcissism, oceanic adualism, indissociation, and even primitive autism.

The Huntsmen strut about with imbecile narcissism in black leather jackets and studded belts, flexing their muscles for the fags to feel.

Actually, there is a whole sub-field in psychodynamic theories of narcissism, which tries to explain the dynamics of reactive psychoses in pathological narcissism.

I found her repugnant in part because she emblematized the willful ignorance and narcissism that characterize our troubled times.

Narcissism and paranoia are flip sides of the same distorted sense of self-importance.

But the pale, wan Martian thing which parallels tumultuous human sexuality gave him no foundation for grokking either narcissism or voyeurism, modesty or display.

So long as my circumstances were as they were, he said, and my motives remained free of perversion, he saw little to choose between auto and homoerotic activity: masturbation, while more normal in the eyes of most New Tammanians and less liable to cause public embarrassment, carried its dangers in the same single-handedness that recommended it: loveless and reclusive, it fed the fantasies of the timid and could aggravate any tendencies to impotence or withdrawal from engagement with others -- narcissism and schizophrenia, he asserted, were the masturbator's inclinations in the realm of psychopathy.