Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Self-esteem in a group corresponding to egotism in an individual.
  • n. Excessive use of the pronoun ‘we’ in writing or speaking.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The problem is we (excuse my nosism) like the status quo: uninhibited, unrestrained Discovery Channel out-on-the-prowl lifestyle with the freedom to start a relationship with whoever's out there, instead of just settling on whoever's right here.

    Jeff A. Katz: It's Not You, It's My Disinterest in You

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  • I adore the Century's definitions:
    "n. Self-esteem in a group corresponding to egotism in an individual.
    n. Excessive use of the pronoun ‘we’ in writing or speaking."

    December 14, 2012

  • Based on the normal accord of -ists to their -isms, it should be "nosist".

    June 10, 2008

  • I was thinking nosismitist.

    December 1, 2007

  • Why, we call ourselves nosismists, of course. ;->

    November 30, 2007

  • I have a question. What is the word for a person who practices nosism?

    November 30, 2007

  • I love Mark Twain. :-D I also like A.W.A.D.

    October 26, 2007

  • The editorial, or royal, we.

    Mark Twain once said, "Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we'." (quote)

    October 26, 2007