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[self-luhv] /ˈsɛlfˈlʌv/
the instinct by which one's actions are directed to the promotion of one's own welfare or well-being, especially an excessive regard for one's own advantage.
conceit; vanity.
narcissism (def 2).
Origin of self-love
Related forms
self-loving, adjective Unabridged
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  • This was by my doctrine of self-love, self-righteousness, self-ends, and such like.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • It is self-love inflamed to the acute point; conceit, with a hair-trigger.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • I am afraid there is only too much justice in an opinion that might, at the first blush, seem to savour of self-love.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • There are three subjective principles of morals,—sympathy, benevolence, self-love.

    Philebus Plato
  • self-love, as it happens to be well or ill-conducted, constitutes virtue and vice.

  • And the only answer was one still more wounding to his self-love.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • self-love cannot be the basis of human action without alienation from God, without weariness, disgust, and ultimate sorrow.

British Dictionary definitions for self-love


the instinct or tendency to seek one's own well-being or to further one's own interest
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Word Origin and History for self-love

also self love, 1560s, from self- + love (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-love in Medicine

self-love n.
The instinct or desire to promote one's own well-being; regard for or love of one's self.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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