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[self-luhv] /ˈsɛlfˈlʌv/
the instinct by which one's actions are directed to the promotion of one's own welfare or well-being, especially an excessive regard for one's own advantage.
conceit; vanity.
narcissism (def 2).
Origin of self-love
First recorded in 1555-65
Related forms
self-loving, adjective Unabridged
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  • Well, to tell the truth, I was not, and the truth is better than self-love.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • It is self-love inflamed to the acute point; conceit, with a hair-trigger.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • There are three subjective principles of morals,—sympathy, benevolence, self-love.

    Philebus Plato
  • You see how self-love keeps us from knowing our own defects of mind and body.

  • And the only answer was one still more wounding to his self-love.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • It was self-love, but self-love ennobled by generous wishes and high ambitions.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • How full of self-love are the self-righteous, and how void of the love of God!

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
British Dictionary definitions for self-love


the instinct or tendency to seek one's own well-being or to further one's own interest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-love

also self love, 1560s, from self- + love (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-love in Medicine

self-love n.
The instinct or desire to promote one's own well-being; regard for or love of one's self.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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