Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Obsessive preoccupation with the self.

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  • n. Excessive vanity, pride or arrogance; self-importance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An exaggerated egotism, amounting to an actual mental disorder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs

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Examples

  • His head was full of fantastic perversions as to the nature of duty, largely mingled with the signs of degeneracy, which in these days would be called egomania and megalomania.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • Maybe it was because of the nicknames, maybe not, but Saladin. found Gibreel's revelations pathetic, anticlimactic, what was so strange if his dreams characterized him as the angel, dreams do every damn thing, did it really display more than a banal kind of egomania?

    The Satanic Verses

  • Randy, Flozell's extension was only one of the many mistakes made by "egomania" Parcells.

    Dallas Cowboys

  • So, is selling shirts and pins that let atheists come out of the closet more publicly is a sign of being "closed-minded" or just a sign of "egomania"?

    About.com Agnosticism / Atheism

  • "In common parlance, narcissism is often used as a synonym for egomania or excessive self-regard," say Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young in The Mirror Effect.

    Celebrity narcissism: A bad reflection for kids

  • Ord briskly dismisses the "feelgood activity" often associated with volunteering, and makes the more impulsive, less carefully researched charitable giving many people engage in sound like a kind of egomania.

    The Saturday interview: Toby Ord and Bernadette Young on the joy of giving

  • The patronage (largely pontifical, but also royal and aristocratic) of the great sculptor-architect is the chief subject of Franco Mormando's lovingly researched "Bernini: His Life and His Rome," which, for all its splendid erudition, freely resorts to American common speech to characterize the sheer viciousness of the Baroque papal oligarchs and Bernini's own egomania (most famously characterized by his ordering a servant to slash the face of his unfaithful mistress, Costanza Bonarelli).

    The Heirloom City

  • My book chronicles my attempts to find enlightenment via a spiritual practice complicated by capitalism, egomania, and a persistent desire to smoke cigarettes and eat red meat.

    Suzanne Morrison: For the Exhausted Author, Wellness Is on the T.V.

  • Tens of thousands in banking knew the deals they were closing made no sense and suspected that flattery and egomania had turned their and their masters' heads.

    Why omerta still suits the the City's mafiosi | Nick Cohen

  • I doubt the queen could tolerate the egomania, bizarre interpretation of the christian religion, or the inexpensive K-Mart linen.

    Think Progress » After warmest January in history, Vancouver airlifts in snow for Winter Olympics.

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