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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
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  • His exaltation is self-centred, is priggishness, his fall is unrestrained by any exterior obligation.

    God The Invisible King Herbert George Wells
  • The child's shocked eyes recalled the girl's self-centred thoughts.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • The book perfectly renders the disillusion, languor and sentimentality which characterise a self-centred scepticism.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • There was nothing morbid or self-centred in the girl's attitude.

    A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • They are self-centred, and look down upon the rest of the world, and forget their dependence upon God.

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

  • What have we to do with such dreamy, self-centred, emotional holiness, here and now in London?

    God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford
  • 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
  • Even Reginald Clavering, dull and self-centred, became frightened and ashamed.

    Mrs. Darrell Foxcroft Davis
  • He had some turn for art and letters, and was religious in his own self-centred way.

    A History of England Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for self-centred


totally preoccupied with one's own concerns
Derived Forms
self-centredly, adverb
self-centredness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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