selfishness


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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.

Selfishness

 
  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
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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"

selfishness

noun egotism, self-interest, self-centredness, greed, looking out for number one (informal) The selfishness of these people never ceases to amaze me.

selfishness

noun
Translations

selfishness

[ˈselfɪʃnɪs] Negoísmo m

selfishness

[ˈsɛlfɪʃnɪs] négoïsme mself-knowledge [ˌsɛlfˈnɒlɪdʒ] nconnaissance f de soi
The more self-knowledge we have → Plus nous avons de connaissance de nous-mêmes ...

selfishness

nEgoismus m, → Selbstsüchtigkeit f

selfishness

[ˈsɛlfɪʃnɪs] negoismo
References in classic literature ?
Pages might yet be written to prove, from this illustrious example, the defects of human excellence; to show how easy it is for generous sentiments, high courtesy, and chivalrous courage to lose their influence beneath the chilling blight of selfishness, and to exhibit to the world a man who was great in all the minor attributes of character, but who was found wanting when it became necessary to prove how much principle is superior to policy.
It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.
Marie never had possessed much capability of affection, or much sensibility, and the little that she had, had been merged into a most intense and unconscious selfishness; a selfishness the more hopeless, from its quiet obtuseness, its utter ignorance of any claims but her own.
And now Harris's contrary nature and inborn selfishness were striking manifested.
You never think of anything but your own selfishness.
They are professedly a custom established by the benevolence of the slaveholders; but I undertake to say, it is the result of selfishness, and one of the grossest frauds committed upon the down-trodden slave.
Matrimony, as the origin of change, was always disagreeable; and he was by no means yet reconciled to his own daughter's marrying, nor could ever speak of her but with compassion, though it had been entirely a match of affection, when he was now obliged to part with Miss Taylor too; and from his habits of gentle selfishness, and of being never able to suppose that other people could feel differently from himself, he was very much disposed to think Miss Taylor had done as sad a thing for herself as for them, and would have been a great deal happier if she had spent all the rest of her life at Hartfield.
There was a kind of cold hearted selfishness on both sides, which mutually attracted them; and they sympathised with each other in an insipid propriety of demeanor, and a general want of understanding.
There are some upon this earth of yours,' returned the Spirit,' who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all out kith and kin, as if they had never lived.
I was greatly elated by these orders; but my heart smote me for my selfishness, when I witnessed their effect on Mr.
Perhaps when I am dead the society will see the criminal selfishness of reserving for itself what was meant for mankind.
And are you two also smarting under a sense of the inconsiderateness and selfishness of the rest of the world--both misunderstood--everything expected from you, and no allowances made for you?