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self-seeking

[self-see-king] /ˈsɛlfˈsi kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the seeking of one's own interest or selfish ends.
adjective
2.
given to or characterized by self-seeking; selfish.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90
Related forms
self-seekingness, noun
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Examples for self-seeking
  • The secret of human happiness is not in self-seeking but in self-forgetting.
  • It is impossible to acquit him of self-seeking in his use of the orator's opportunities.
  • Their business decisions were often both self-seeking and bizarre.
  • It all seemed so selfless, so unexpected in a place defined by the self-seeking.
  • In any case, she's sure that he's a poseur and an opportunist, disguising his self-seeking with a veneer of piety.
  • We need legal reform because the strength of our economy is often undermined by frivolous and self-seeking lawsuits.
British Dictionary definitions for self-seeking

self-seeking

noun
1.
the act or an instance of seeking one's own profit or interest, esp exclusively
adjective
2.
having or showing an exclusive preoccupation with one's own profit or interest a self-seeking attitude
Derived Forms
self-seeker, noun
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