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  • (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.

    ‘I joined them for selfish reasons’
    • ‘Since no crime has been committed in the absence of a selfish motive, these are mostly open and shut cases.’
    • ‘To do good deeds simply to obtain good karma would be to act from a selfish motive, and would not earn much merit.’
    • ‘Try to protest that the government is ruining your health with its selfish pleasures and see how far you get!’
    • ‘For Scotland's only representative in the game's biggest tournament, the motives are purely selfish.’
    • ‘They said society believed that they did a lucrative job for purely selfish reasons.’
    • ‘Her girls, she says, are less selfish after their week away.’
    • ‘The consumer is encouraged to feel that the transaction is less selfish, on both sides, than normal.’
    • ‘I realized then that what I had said sounded incredibly selfish, yet I did not speak up.’
    • ‘She was also starting to think that maybe she was a bit too selfish towards him.’
    • ‘Sometimes I feel too selfish, and other times I feel too selfless.’
    • ‘In my last conversation with my Grandmother before she died she called me selfish.’
    • ‘Call me selfish, but I wanted to leave my mark on a true original.’
    • ‘My selfish desires had led me into betraying this withdrawn and deeply religious family.’
    • ‘When I had the second, I realised it was a bit selfish.’
    • ‘I gave a bittersweet sigh and tried not to feel selfish about the situation.’
    • ‘She felt a bit envious momentarily before she brushed it off, feeling selfish.’
    • ‘Although he had to admit it seemed selfish, he couldn't tell her.’
    • ‘I suppose one could say that we are selfish in this way.’
    • ‘My reason for being pro-choice is kind of selfish in a way.’
    • ‘His determination and the will to win make him selfish on the ice.’
    egocentric, egotistic, egotistical, egomaniacal, self-centred, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-seeking, self-serving, wrapped up in oneself, inward-looking, introverted, self-loving
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/ˈselfiSH/ /ˈsɛlfɪʃ/