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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 of self-seeking
1580-1590
1580-90
Related forms
self-seekingness, noun
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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

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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Word Origin and History for self-seeking
n.

"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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