(Latin: I, self)

Don't confuse this ego with another aego-, ego- which means "goat".

egomaniac (s) (noun), egomaniacs (pl)
1. An abnormally self-centered person.
2. Someone who considers himself or herself to be extremely important and able to do anything that he or she wants to do.
Egomaniacs are always me-deep in conversation and when two of them meet, it becomes a case of an I for an I.
egopathy (s) (noun), egopathies (pl)
A hostile behavior due to a psychopathically exaggerated sense of self-importance: Patients who are experiencing egopathy are characterized by a strong psychological condition that compels them to deprecate others in their constant aggressive and unconceding attitudes.

Obviously egopathy was rampant at Ted's job because a supervisor was firing people for no good reason or justification.

egosurf (verb), egosurfs; egosurfed; egosurfing
To search the Internet for instances of one's own name or links to one's website: Those who egosurf usually do it in order to gratify their self esteem or admiration.
egosurfer (s) (noun), egosurfers (pl)
Someone who looks on the Internet to see how many places mention that person's name or website. An egosurfer uses a search engine to locate and to read pages with articles and other online content that mentions his or her computer network.
egosyntonic (adjective), more egosyntonic, most egosyntonic
1. In psychology, of or relating to ideas, behaviors, or impulses that are acceptable to oneself.
2. A reference to something that is consistent with an individual's self-image.
ego-syntonic, egosyntonic (adjective), more ego-syntonic, more egosyntonic; most ego-syntonic, most egosyntonic
A reference to something that is consistent or in harmony or acceptable to the needs and objectives of a an individual's self-image: An obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is an egosyntonic condition because the patient generally perceives that his or her obsession with orderliness, perfectionism, and control as reasonable and even desirable.
egotheism (s) (noun), egotheisms (pl)
1. Self-deification or the elevation of oneself to the status of a god: "In a New Age context, Egotheism can mean the deification of oneself or the claim that one has the qualities of God."
2. The deification of man's own conceptions of God, or the belief that man's conception of God is all that men can ever know about God.
egotism (s) (noun), egotisms (pl)
An excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness: Jane's daughter receives letters from a friend that are filled with overwhelming egotisms about his success as a musician.

Egotism is the inflated perception of regarding oneself more highly than is justified by the facts, of bragging about one’s abilities or achievements, and the too frequent use of “I”.

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pains of stupidity.

—Frank Leahy
A habit of thinking of onesef as very important and worthy of praise.
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egotist (s) (noun), egotists (pl)
1. Excessive use of the pronoun "I": Joe's friend seemed to be an egotist because he obviously had severe "I strain".
2. A conceited, boastful, and self-centered person: Jerry told Mary that he didn't want to hear anymore accusations about his being an egotist just because he claimed to know more about computer science than anyone else.

Egotists are always me-deep in conversation.


An egotist is a person who is his own best friend, an "I" specialist, and a man whose opinions all change, except the one he has of himself.

—Evan Esar

One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.

—Lucille S. Harper
A conceited person who behaves selfishly.
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egotistic (adjective), more egotistic, most egotistic
1. Characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance.
2. Descriptive of false pride or having an exaggerated sense of self-importance: An egotistical disregard of others."
egotistical (adjective), more egotistical, most egotistical
1. Relating to those who have a very high opinion of themselves.
2. A reference to false pride or having an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
egotropic (adjective), more egotropic, most egotropic
1. Pertaining to an extreme concentration of attention upon oneself.
2. A reference to being interested primarily in one's self; self-centered.
nonego (s) (noun), nonegos (pl)
All of the mentality that is not part of someones conscious self.
Nunc cognites qui ego sum.
Translation: "Now, I should know I am."
superego (s) (noun), superegos (pl)
1. In Freudian theory, the division of the unconscious that is formed through the internalization of moral standards of parents and society, and that censors and restrains one's self-importance.
2. In psychoanalytic theory, the part of mind that internalizes parental and cultural values, restrictions, and inhibitions, and that is responsible for self-imposed standards of behavior and for restraining the part of a person's mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social qualities learned from parents, teachers, religious leaders, etc. from conducting oneself in unacceptable ways: A superego results from incorporating the values and wishes of the people from one's past with his or her own levels of thinking.