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self-gratification

[self-grat-uh-fi-key-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌgræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
the act of pleasing or satisfying oneself, especially the gratifying of one's own impulses, needs, or desires.
Origin of self-gratification
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80
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  • Coquetry is the desire to please, as a means of self-gratification.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The pursuit of pleasure, self-gratification, is an original instinct with her.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • McGillivrays only idea of right was that of self-gratification.

  • He eagerly snatched at an occasion at once of self-gratification, and of humiliating his proud and arrogant brother.

  • She came of a race of women to whom self-sacrifice was more natural than self-gratification.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • self-gratification rather than self-denial; independence rather than submission—these are the rules of life.

  • Lillie, I feel that it is wrong for us to use wealth merely as a means of self-gratification.

    Pink and White Tyranny Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Many thousands of dollars had he spent in order to secure the means of self-gratification; but the end was not yet gained.

  • It offers the obligation of using all wealth as tools and not as means of self-gratification.

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske

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