excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness.
selfishness; self-centeredness; .
Contemporary Examples

For all his egotism and irascibility, Churchill was a good man as well as a great one.
Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush Michael F. Bishop November 21, 2014

Historical Examples

In all things he looked only to himself, and to this egotism he sacrificed both subjects and Governments.
Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne

The egotism he displayed in the enjoyment of his good fortune, shielded him from any fault.
Therese Raquin Emile Zola

Mr. Browning, apart from the question of the egotism involved, could not say of himself, he at least believed in soul.
Browning and Dogma Ethel M. Naish

Perhaps it was my egotism, which made me over-bold, thinking that any woman could love me.
Hidden Water Dane Coolidge

But Dante’s egotism goes rather further than was requisite, so that the transcendental insight might not fail in his philosophy.
Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana

I am inclined to ascribe these feelings at bottom to egotism.
War Letters of a Public-School Boy Paul Jones.

He died with a discretion, a modesty, a self-forgetfulness which redeemed the egotism of the universe.
The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel

But enough of these tiresome memories, in which my egotism will always involve me.
Roland Cashel Charles James Lever

My dear one, there is an egotism of wifely sorrow that drives a man to sin.
Was It Right to Forgive? Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

an inflated sense of self-importance or superiority; self-centredness
excessive reference to oneself

1714, from ego + -ism (see egotist). Meaning “selfishness” is from 1800.
egotism [(ee-guh-tiz-uhm)]

An excessive regard for one’s own talents or achievements; conceit, self-importance; acting with only one’s own interests in mind.


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