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Dictionary Information: Definition Selfishness
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Description and Meaning: Selfishness

  Selfishness (Self"ish*ness) n.

1. Meanly close and covetous; one who spends grudgingly; a stingy, parsimonous fellow; a miser.
2. The quality or state of being selfish; meanness in giving or spending; parsimony; stinginess.
3. The quality or state of being selfish; exclusive regard to one's own interest or happiness; that supreme self-love or self-preference which leads a person to direct his purposes to the advancement of his own interest, power, or happiness, without regarding those of others. "Selfishness,- a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and, as such, condemned by self-love." Sir J. Mackintosh.

Synonyms -- See Selfish.

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