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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
أنانِيَّه
sobeckostsobectví
egoisme
itsekkyys
eigingirni, sjálfselska
sebičnost
bencillikegoistlik

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

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
References in classic literature ?
Verily, an appropriator of all values must such bestowing love become; but healthy and holy, call I this selfishness.
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.
And now Harris's contrary nature and inborn selfishness were striking manifested.
Perhaps when I am dead the society will see the criminal selfishness of reserving for itself what was meant for mankind.
On Selfishness--Of all the vices which degrade the human character, Selfishness is the most odious and contemptible.
You never think of anything but your own selfishness.
From an attachment to her husband, which in itself does honour to both, she cannot forgive the endeavours at preventing their union, which have been attributed to selfishness in Lady Susan; but in this case, as well as in many others, the world has most grossly injured that lady, by supposing the worst where the motives of her conduct have been doubtful.
She echoed the maledictions that the occupants of the gallery showered on this individual when his lines compelled him to expose his extreme selfishness.
No trace of selfishness was mingled with the feeling expressed in them; there was nothing but gladness on my account for my change of fortune, and regret on her own; it never occurred to her that I could change towards her, for she felt that she herself was incapable of change.
I am going to put your selfishness before you, Mr Headstone--your passionate, violent, and ungovernable selfishness --to show you why I can, and why I will, have nothing more to do with you.
It is to such as you that the good of this world falls: ready dulness, healthy selfishness, good-tempered conceit-- these are the keys to happiness.