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Princeton's WordNet

  1. selfishnessnoun

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


  1. selfishnessnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Selfishnessnoun

    Attention to his own interest, without any regard to others; self-love.

    Etymology: from selfish.

    This sublimer love, being, by an intimate conjunction with its object, throughly refined from all base dross of selfishness and interest, nobly begets a perfect submission of our wills to the will of God. Robert Boyle, Seraphick Love.


  1. Selfishness

    Selfishness is being concerned excessively or exclusively, for oneself or one's own advantage, pleasure, or welfare, regardless of others.Selfishness is the opposite of altruism or selflessness; and has also been contrasted (as by C. S. Lewis) with self-centeredness.


  1. selfishness

    Selfishness is the characteristic or behavior of prioritizing one's own needs, desires, or interests above those of others. It typically involves making decisions and taking actions primarily for personal benefit or satisfaction, often without considering or disregarding the potential impact or consequences on others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Selfishnessnoun

    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


  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.

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  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

Examples of selfishness in a Sentence

  1. Development Initiative -RRB- Yunus:

    The real human being is a mixture of both selfishness and selflessness, modern-day economists have thrown away the selfless.

  2. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel:

    Putting aside vanities and selfishness, practicing honesty, industriousness and decency, we will also be contributing to GDP.

  3. Jim Justice:

    Who won tonight was absolutely hands down the people — the people won, and who lost? Who lost unequivocally? Selfishness lost.

  4. Kevin Paffrath:

    I think the 2003 election is their excuse, but it's mostly motivated out of selfishness to keep Gavin Newsom.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.

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