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Definitions of selfishness

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The quality of being selfish; attention to one's own interests, regardless of the interests of others. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for selfishness

  1. Those by a life of love and service had chosen eternal life, but these by a life of selfishness had chosen death. – Child's Story of the Bible by Mary A. Lathbury
  2. " Another specimen of selfishness said Judy. – Trading by Susan Warner