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nar·cis·sism  audio  (närs-szm) KEY  also nar·cism  (-szm) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
  2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
  3. Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
  4. The attribute of the human psyche charactized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Narcissus

OTHER FORMS:
narcis·sist(Noun), narcis·sistic(Adjective), narcis·sisti·cal·ly(Adverb)


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