selfish

[sel-fish]
adjective
1.
devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
2.
characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself: selfish motives.

Origin:
1630–40; self + -ish1

selfishly, adverb
selfishness, noun


1. self-interested, self-seeking, egoistic; illiberal, parsimonious, stingy.
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selfish (ˈsɛlfɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  chiefly concerned with one's own interest, advantage, etc, esp to the total exclusion of the interests of others
2.  relating to or characterized by self-interest
 
'selfishly
 
adv
 
'selfishness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

selfish
1640, from self (q.v.). Said in Hacket's life of Archbishop Williams (1693) to have been coined by Presbyterians. In the 17c., synonyms included self-seeking (1628), self-ended and self-ful.
"Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs." [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]
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Example sentences
There are selfish reasons for this-you don't want to be beaten up or thrown in
  jail.
Praise everything he says or does no matter how solipsistic or selfish.
He's empathetic yet selfish, sweet and uncalculating yet infuriating.
How selfish of an individual to make such a comment.
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