What does selfishness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. selfishness(noun)

    stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

Wiktionary

  1. selfishness(Noun)

    the quality of being selfish, the condition of putting one's own interests before those of others

Webster Dictionary

  1. Selfishness(noun)

    the quality or state of being selfish; exclusive regard to one's own interest or happiness; that supreme self-love or self-preference which leads a person to direct his purposes to the advancement of his own interest, power, or happiness, without regarding those of others

Freebase

  1. Selfishness

    Selfishness is placing concern with oneself or one's own interests above the well-being or interests of others. Selfishness is the opposite of altruism or selflessness; and has also been contrasted with self-centredness.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of selfishness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of selfishness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lao Tzu:

    Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.

  2. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

  3. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    What we won when all of our people united ... must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. ... Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president.

  4. Mike Huckabee:

    Regardless, heterosexual marriage is largely in trouble today because people see it as a selfish means of pleasing self, rather than a committed relationship in which the focus is on meeting the needs of the partner, that sense of selfishness and the redefinition of love as to something that is purely sentimental and emotional, has been destructive.

  5. Alexander Fraser Tyler, Cycle of Democracy (1770):

    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.

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