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
Successful play necessarily requires a degree of selfishness, but across the
  animal kingdom species have evolved social behaviors.
Given my drive, ambition, and boundless selfishness this is a bit of a stunner.
No, an ugly work environment is caused by selfish people and one key sign of
  selfishness is being late.
The inception of their story is based more on animosity, manipulation and
  selfishness.
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