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[self-see-king] /ˈsɛlfˈsi kɪŋ/
the seeking of one's own interest or selfish ends.
given to or characterized by self-seeking; selfish.
Origin of self-seeking
Related forms
self-seekingness, noun Unabridged
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  • Combes's administration was pre-eminently one of self-seeking politicians.

  • Many men, Agostino, enter the Church out of motives of self-seeking.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Rich you are in what self-seeking men call wealth; but poor, ah, how poor!

    Tom Clark and His Wife Paschal Beverly Randolph
  • But now the voice broke in again, apologetic, solicitous, self-seeking.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • It would be too harsh to stigmatise such a train of thought as self-seeking and hypocritical.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • There is an earnestness in high purpose no self-seeking could ever counterfeit.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • In the brief record of his service he referred to some of the self-seeking governors, and told of their rascally deeds.

    The Book of Courage John Thomson Faris
  • It is in self-seeking and advancement that we narrow our faculties and imprison our natures.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • His attitude to the Church of England at large was one of admiring loyalty, but he had no self-seeking thoughts.

    Edward Hoare, M.A. Edward Hoare
British Dictionary definitions for self-seeking


the act or an instance of seeking one's own profit or interest, esp exclusively
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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Word Origin and History for self-seeking

"a seeking after one's own benefit (before those of others)," 1580s, from self + seeking, verbal noun from seek. As an adjective, from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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