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self·ish  (slfsh)
1. Concerned chiefly or only with oneself: "Selfish men were . . . trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of human rights" (Maria Weston Chapman).
2. Arising from, characterized by, or showing selfishness: a selfish whim.

selfish·ly adv.
selfish·ness n.

  1. The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation —Anon
  2. A man is a lion in his own cause —Henry G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  3. The private life of the narcissist, like the private parts of the exhibitionist, ought not to be hung out uninvited in the public space —Willard Gaylin
  4. Self-love … leaped back into her like a perpetually coiled snake —Anais Nin
  5. Wound up in his own concerns like thread on a spool —Anon
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.selfishness - stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others
stinginess - a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
greediness, rapaciousness, voraciousness - an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts); "the greediness of lawyers"
opportunism, self-interest, self-seeking, expedience - taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
unselfishness - the quality of not putting yourself first but being willing to give your time or money or effort etc. for others; "rural people show more devotion and unselfishness than do their urban cousins"

noun egotism, self-interest, self-centredness, greed, looking out for number one (informal) The selfishness of these people never ceases to amaze me.
selfishness [ˈselfɪʃnɪs] Negoísmo m
selfishness [ˈsɛlfɪʃnɪs] négoïsme m
self-knowledge [ˌsɛlfˈnɒlɪdʒ] nconnaissance f de soi
The more self-knowledge we have → Plus nous avons de connaissance de nous-mêmes ...
nEgoismus m, → Selbstsüchtigkeit f
selfishness [ˈsɛlfɪʃnɪs] negoismo

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The selfishness of a mean and crafty man--the selfishness of an ambitious and silly woman--- the selfishness of a spiteful and loveless child all tend one way, from bad to worse
"I am greatly surprised by such a question," said the Cashier; "it sounds as if you suspected me of selfishness.
Perhaps when I am dead the society will see the criminal selfishness of reserving for itself what was meant for mankind.
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