The synonyms of egotism are: pride, vanity, conceit, self-conceit and self-consciousness; but there are subtle differences in the meanings of all of these words.

Egotism is a strong, obtrusive confidence in one's self, shown primarily in conversation by frequent reference to one's self, by monopolizing attention, and ignoring the opinions of others. It differs from conceit mainly in its selfishness and unconsciousness of its appearance in the eyes of others.

Conceit, or self-conceit, is an inflated opinion of one's abilities and achievements. It is the elevation of oneself based on external things like wealth. Conceit becomes egotism when it is selfish enough to disparage others for its own comparative elevation.

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Definition Conceit (or self-conceit), is an overestimation of one's own abilities or accomplishments; it is too much elevation of the real self to rest upon wealth, dress or other external things. Egotism is the practice of putting forward or dwelling upon one's self; the habit of talking or writing too much about one's self.

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The main difference between pride and vanity is the dependence upon others. It is possible that for the same things one person may have proud and another vanity. One can also be too proud to be vain.


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