egotism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n egotism an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
    • n egotism an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Egotism 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n egotism The practice of putting forward or dwelling upon one's self; the habit of talking or writing too much about one's self.
    • n egotism Hence An excessive esteem or consideration for one's self, leading one to judge of everything by its relation to one's own interests or importance.
    • n egotism Synonyms Pride, Egotism, Vanity, Conceit, Self-conceit, Self-consciousness. Pride and egotism imply a certain indifference to the opinions of others concerning one's self. Pride is a self-contained satisfaction with the excellence of what one is or has, despising what others are or think. Vanity is just the opposite; it is the love of being even fulsomely admired. Pride rests often upon higher or intrinsic things: as, pride of family, place, or power; intellectual or spiritual pride. Vanity rests often upon lower and external things, as beauty, figure, dress, ornaments; but the essential difference is in the question of dependence upon others. Over the same things one person might have pride and another vanity. One may be too proud to be vain. Conceit, or self-conceit, is an overestimate of one's own abilities or accomplishments: it is too much an elevation of the real self to rest upon wealth, dress, or other external things. Egotism is a strong and obtrusive confidence in one's self, shown primarily in conversation, not only by frequent references to self, but by monopolizing attention, ignoring the opinions of others, etc. It differs from conceit chiefly in its selfishness and unconsciousness of its appearance in the eyes of others. Conceit becomes egotism when it is selfish enough to disparage others for its own comparative elevation. Self-consciousness is often confounded with egotism, conceit, or vanity, but it may be only an embarrassing sense of one's own personality, an inability to refrain from thinking how one appears to others; it therefore often makes one shrink out of notice.
    • n egotism Something which befalls you may seem a great misfortune;—you … begin to think that it is a chastisement, or a warning …. But give up this egotistic indulgence of your fancy; examine a little what misfortunes, greater a thousand fold, are happening, every second, to twenty times worthier persons; and your self-consciousness will change into pity and humility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Egotism a frequent use of the pronoun I: speaking much of one's self: self-exaltation
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.”
  • Coltvos
    Coltvos
    “The one who overcomes egotism rids themselves of the most stubborn obstacle that blocks the way to all true greatness and all true happiness.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Mastery passes often for egotism.”
  • George V. Higgins
    George V. Higgins
    “Egotism is the art of seeing in yourself what others cannot see.”
  • Frank Leahy
    Frank Leahy
    “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ego, I.

Usage

In literature:

They are to make such way through it as they can, with egotism for their only trusty instrument.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
But pardon my egotism, and I will proceed with my story about Rice Corner.
"Homestead on the Hillside" by Mary Jane Holmes
But in general her pride, her very egotism and quick temper kept her true.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There are none of the cold particles in it, the hardness and self-ends, which render vanity and egotism hateful.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
Henceforth, you will no longer live in the selfish egotism of solitude.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Perhaps it is necessary to have great egotism and selfishness for the arts' development.
"Katrine" by Elinor Macartney Lane
It is the apotheosis of sentimental egotism and social callousness.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Nor was there any, from the point of view of her young egotism and inexperience.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
Now I was fully awake, the enormity of my father's dishonesty and his extreme egotism weighed heavily upon me.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
The salesman betrayed such egotism that his employer was disgusted.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
Her egotism is so hard and so profound that the very victims whom she sacrifices to ambition seem in her sight justly punished.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
Spiritual self-love, the pity that one feels for oneself, may perhaps be called egotism; but nothing could be more opposed to ordinary egoism.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
There is, however, a lower egotism and a higher.
"The Feast of St. Friend" by Arnold Bennett
Education has this useful effect, that it narrows of necessity the circles of one's egotism.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
The egotism of a fool!
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
In his defiance and egotism he had muddled things in a desperate way.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
I never strayed from the deadly taint of some gentle form of egotism.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
It is the only thing that moves us out of our cowardly lethargy of dead-and-alive egotism.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
That is an Englishman's egotism sure enough.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne
The older supernaturalism exalts the individualism of the Creator; naturalism the egotism of the creature.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
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In news:

Jury Weighs John Edwards's Tale of Self-Admitted Egotism .
The Irredeemably Boring Egotism of Cindy Sherman.
1776 and American Egotism .
There's naked ambition, of course, and egotism, and narcissism.
Drag-rooted performance works that question the egotism of the artist and the role of the audience.
Who Will Be The Next to 'EGOT.
With this past weekend's Grammys, producer Scott Rudin became the latest entertainer to earn the ugly, ineffective title of "EGOT"–having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
Could she be the recipient of an EGOT+.
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