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self·ish

 (sĕl′fĭsh)
adj.
1. Concerned chiefly or excessively with oneself, and having little regard for others: a selfish child who wouldn't share toys.
2. Showing or arising from an excessive concern with oneself and a lack of concern for others: a selfish whim.

self′ish·ly adv.
self′ish·ness n.

selfish

(ˈsɛlfɪʃ)
adj
1. chiefly concerned with one's own interest, advantage, etc, esp to the total exclusion of the interests of others
2. relating to or characterized by self-interest
ˈselfishly adv
ˈselfishness n

self•ish

(ˈsɛl fɪʃ)

adj.
1. caring only or chiefly for oneself; concerned with one's own interests, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
2. characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself: selfish motives.
[1630–40]
self′ish•ly, adv.
self′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.selfish - concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others; "Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights"- Maria Weston Chapman
egocentric, egoistic, egoistical, self-centered, self-centred - limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs
inconsiderate - lacking regard for the rights or feelings of others; "shockingly inconsiderate behavior"
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"
unselfish - disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others

selfish

adjective self-centred, self-interested, greedy, mercenary, self-seeking, ungenerous, egoistic or egoistical, egotistic or egoistical, looking out for number one (informal) the selfish interests of a few people
generous, considerate, selfless, benevolent, altruistic, self-sacrificing, philanthropic, unselfish, magnanimous, self-denying, ungrudging

selfish

adjective
Translations
sobecký
egoistiskselvisk
itsekäsitsekeskeinen
sebičan
egoistaönző
利己的な自分本位の身勝手なわがままな
이기적인
sebičen
självisk
เห็นแก่ตัว
ích kỷ

selfish

[ˈselfɪʃ] ADJegoísta

selfish

[ˈsɛlfɪʃ] adjégoïste
Don't be so selfish → Ne sois pas si égoïste.

selfish

adjegoistisch, selbstsüchtig; for selfish reasonsaus selbstsüchtigen Gründen

selfish

[ˈsɛlfɪʃ] adjegoista

self

(self) plural selves (selvz) noun
1. a person's own body and personality.
2. one's own personal interests or advantage. He always thinks first of self.
ˈselfish adjective
(negative unselfish) thinking of one's own pleasure or good and not considering other people. a selfish person/attitude.
ˈselfishly adverb
ˈselfishness noun
ˈselfless adjective
utterly unselfish. As a soldier, he showed selfless devotion to duty.
ˈselflessly adverb
ˈselflessness noun

selfish

أَنَانِيّ sobecký selvisk egoistisch εγωιστής egoísta itsekäs égoïste sebičan egoista 利己的な 이기적인 egoïstisch egoistisk samolubny egoísta эгоистичный självisk เห็นแก่ตัว bencil ích kỷ 自私的

selfish

a. egoísta.
References in classic literature ?
Jo wasn't ashamed of the great tear that dropped off the end of her nose, and Amy never minded the rumpling of her curls as she hid her face on her mother's shoulder and sobbed out, "I am a selfish girl
You save yourself something--I don't know what--but there is some selfish motive, and in sparing yourself you never consider for a moment what I think, or how I feel your neglect and indifference.
But, emulating the patience and self-denial of the practiced native warriors, they learned to overcome every difficulty; and it would seem that, in time, there was no recess of the woods so dark, nor any secret place so lovely, that it might claim exemption from the inroads of those who had pledged their blood to satiate their vengeance, or to uphold the cold and selfish policy of the distant monarchs of Europe.
Let these influencing powers actuate, by the permission or disposal of Providence, from selfish or social views, yet in time the mysterious will of Heaven is unfolded, and we behold our conduct, from whatsoever motives excited, operating to answer the important designs of heaven.
It is--we say it without censure, nor in diminution of the claim which it indefeasibly possesses on beings of another mould--it is always selfish in its essence; and we must give it leave to be so, and heap up our heroic and disinterested love upon it so much the more, without a recompense.
And, as Hester Prynne had no selfish ends, nor lived in any measure for her own profit and enjoyment, people brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as one who had herself gone through a mighty trouble.
He never wrote to them--that may have been selfish, but it was a part of the flattery of his trust of me; for the way in which a man pays his highest tribute to a woman is apt to be but by the more festal celebration of one of the sacred laws of his comfort; and I held that I carried out the spirit of the pledge given not to appeal to him when I let my charges understand that their own letters were but charming literary exercises.
that is a selfish, heathenish saying, whoever uses it; and any man who thinks he has nothing to do but take care of number one, why, it's a pity but what he had been drowned like a puppy or a kitten, before he got his eyes open; that's what I think," said John, with a very decided jerk of his head.
There is not on earth a more merciless exactor of love from others than a thoroughly selfish woman; and the more unlovely she grows, the more jealously and scrupulously she exacts love, to the uttermost farthing.
I could have given my own sect the preference and made everybody a Presby- terian without any trouble, but that would have been to affront a law of human nature: spiritual wants and instincts are as various in the human family as are physical appetites, complexions, and features, and a man is only at his best, morally, when he is equipped with the religious garment whose color and shape and size most nicely accommodate themselves to the spirit- ual complexion, angularities, and stature of the indi- vidual who wears it; and, besides, I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it by and by gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty and paralysis to human thought.
I saw that dandy's curious game played afterward, in Paris, but not for amusement; not with a motive of any sort, indeed, but simply from a selfish indifference to other people's comfort and rights.
It's a sordid, selfish world, and I wish I was out of it.