egotist


noun

  1. a conceited, boastful person.
  2. a selfish person; egoist.

noun

  1. a conceited boastful person
  2. a self-interested person; egoist
n.

1714, first used by Joseph Addison; see ego + -ist. Addison credits the term to “Port-Royalists” who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person singular pronoun in writing, hence “talking too much about oneself.” Meaning “self-conceit, selfishness” is 1800. The -t- is abnornmal, perhaps by influence of dogmatism. Related: Egotistic; egotistical.

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