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[self-sen-terd] /ˈsɛlfˈsɛn tərd/
concerned solely or chiefly with one's own interests, welfare, etc.; engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical.
independent, self-sufficient.
centered in oneself or itself.
Archaic. fixed; unchanging.
Also, especially British, self-centred.
Origin of self-centered
First recorded in 1670-80
Related forms
selfcenteredly, adverb
selfcenteredness, noun
unself-centered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-centred
Historical Examples
  • There was nothing morbid or self-centred in the girl's attitude.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • If he was self-centred, it was in his strength, not in his weakness.

  • They say lovers are self-centred, but really I think you're the worst I ever met.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • It was not, above all, self-centred; it led him to seek for fellowship with others.

  • The child's shocked eyes recalled the girl's self-centred thoughts.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • This cannot be till we have ceased to be self-centred, and have become Christ-centred.

    A Christmas Faggot Alfred Gurney
  • It's going to keep us from growing selfish and self-centred to have him.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • It is not even its own reward, except for the self-centred and—I had almost said—the unamiable.

    The Pocket R.L.S. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It was his home, where he could possess his soul, could be self-centred and serene.


    William Tuckwell
  • But how self-contained and self-centred even the best of us are at bottom!

British Dictionary definitions for self-centred


totally preoccupied with one's own concerns
Derived Forms
self-centredly, adverb
self-centredness, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-centred



1670s, "fixed, stationary," from self- + center (v.). In reference to persons, "engrossed in the self, with little regard for others," it is recorded from 1783.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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