German Edit

Alternative forms Edit

Etymology Edit

Haplology of earlier Narzissismus. Coined by Sigmund Freud from Narziss (character in Greek mythology who became obsessed with his own reflection) +‎ -ismus.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /naʁˈt͡sɪsmʊs/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: Nazismus (some speakers)

Noun Edit

Narzissmus m (strong, genitive Narzissmus, plural (rare) Narzissmen)

  1. narcissism

Usage notes Edit

  • The spelling Narzissmus has been the prescribed spelling since the German spelling reform of 1996 (the Rechtschreibreform). In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, it had already been standard since ⟨ß⟩ was deprecated in the 1930s. In the affected areas, the previous spelling (Narzißmus) is now less common, and may be regarded as a misspelling.

Declension Edit

Related terms Edit

Further reading Edit