Selfishness
Selfishness Self"ish*ness, n. 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. [1913 Webster]

Selfishness, -- a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and, as such, condemned by self-love. --Sir J. Mackintosh. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Self-love}. [1913 Webster]


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