And if a person is “narcissistic”, it means they are vain, or excessively fascinated with themselves. The word is derived from Narcissus, who was a character in Greek mythology – he fell in love with his own reflection. Now that’s real vanity!

nar·cis·sism      [nahr-suh-siz-em] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation


1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
2. Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.

Also, nar·cism      [nahr-siz-uhm] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation.

[Origin: 1815–25; < G Narzissismus. See narcissus, -ism]

nar·cis·sist, narcist, noun

nar·cis·sis·tic, nar·cis·tic, adjective

1. self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.

peter is a narcissus.


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