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selfish

self·ish

selfish

 
 
pronunciation:
sel fihsh
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: overly concerned with oneself and one's own interests, rather than those of others; self-centered.
She was selfish as a young woman, but having her own children brought maturity and concern for others.The selfish relatives fought over the money the woman left when she died.
synonyms:
egocentric, egotistic, self-centered
antonyms:
altruistic, magnanimous, selfless, unselfish
similar words:
avaricious, egoistic, grasping, greedy, self-indulgent, self-seeking
definition 2: showing, resulting from, or characterized by this sort of egotistical concern.
I admit that it was a selfish desire to go on this trip.It was selfish of him to keep all his winnings and not share with his brother.
synonyms:
egotistic, self-centered
antonyms:
altruistic, magnanimous, selfless
similar words:
egocentric, egoistic, greedy, self-indulgent, uncharitable, ungenerous
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derivations: selfishly (adv.), selfishness (n.)
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