self-interest


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self-in·ter·est

(sĕlf′ĭn′trĭst, -ĭn′tər-ĭst)
n.
1. Selfish or excessive regard for one's personal advantage or interest.
2. Personal advantage or interest.

self′-in′ter·est·ed adj.

self-interest

n
1. one's personal interest or advantage
2. the act or an instance of pursuing one's own interest
ˌself-ˈinterested adj
ˌself-ˈinterestedness n

self`-in′terest



n.
1. regard for one's own interest or advantage, esp. with disregard for others.
2. personal interest or advantage.
[1640–50]
self`-in′terested, adj.
self`-in′terestedness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-interest - taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
selfishness - stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others
2.self-interest - concern for your own interests and welfare
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

self-interest

noun selfishness, egotism, self-centredness, greed, looking out for number one (informal) The current protests are motivated purely by self-interest.
Translations

self-interest

[ˌselfˈɪntrɪst] Ninterés m propio

self-interest

[ˌsɛlfˈɪntrɪst] ninteresse m personale

self-interest

(selfˈintrəst) noun
consideration only for one's own aims and advantages. He acted out of self-interest.
References in classic literature ?
"I'll tell you, then," he said with heat, "I imagine the mainspring of all our actions is, after all, self-interest. Now in the local institutions I, as a nobleman, see nothing that could conduce to my prosperity, and the roads are not better and could not be better; my horses carry me well enough over bad ones.
It is argued that self-interest will prevent excessive cruelty; as if self-interest protected our domestic animals, which are far less likely than degraded slaves, to stir up the rage of their savage masters.
And if you should feel your own self-interest pressing upon your heart too closely, then think of Eliot's Indian Bible.
He gazed at the great houses without respect or envy, at the men with a fierce contempt, at the women with a sore feeling that if by chance he should be brought into contact with any of them they would regard him as a sort of wild animal, to be hurnoured or avoided purely as a matter of self-interest. The very brightness and brilliancy of their toilettes, the rustling of their dresses, the trim elegance and daintiness which he was able to appreciate without being able to understand, only served to deepen his consciousness of the gulf which lay between him and them.
Self-interest may prompt falsity of the tongue; but if one prove to be a liar, nothing that he says can ever be believed.
Elinor was soon called to the card-table by the conclusion of the first rubber, and the confidential discourse of the two ladies was therefore at an end, to which both of them submitted without any reluctance, for nothing had been said on either side to make them dislike each other less than they had done before; and Elinor sat down to the card table with the melancholy persuasion that Edward was not only without affection for the person who was to be his wife; but that he had not even the chance of being tolerably happy in marriage, which sincere affection on HER side would have given, for self-interest alone could induce a woman to keep a man to an engagement, of which she seemed so thoroughly aware that he was weary.
Benevolence, devotedness, enthusiasm, were her antipathies; for dissimulation and self-interest she had a preference--they were real wisdom in her eyes; moral and physical degradation, mental and bodily inferiority, she regarded with indulgence; they were foils capable of being turned to good account as set-offs for her own endowments.
Also Philip had been given to understand that people adhered to other faiths only from obstinacy or self-interest: in their hearts they knew they were false; they deliberately sought to deceive others.
These two characters are not always received in the world with the different regard which seems severally due to either; and which one would imagine mankind, from self-interest, should show towards them.
"Both you and your daughter could only have interpreted any such action on my part as instigated by self-interest, for you both knew that I wanted to make her my wife," replied the other.
'I'm not more self-interested, I hope, than another man,' said Mr.
As difficult to decipher as a hieroglyphic inscription to the clerks, the vocation of the secretary and his usefulness were as plain as the rule of three to the self-interested. This lesser Prince de Wagram of the administration, to whom the duty of gathering opinions and ideas and making verbal reports thereon was entrusted, knew all the secrets of parliamentary politics; dragged in the lukewarm, fetched, carried, and buried propositions, said the Yes and the No that the ministers dared not say for themselves.