- 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
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Examples from the Web for self-love
For women, the love that dares not speak its name is self-love.C’mon, Ladies, Masturbation Isn’t Just for Bad Girls
June 19, 2014
A huge part of self-love is being able to stand up for yourself when you are feeling taken advantage of.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’
April 28, 2014
He had to be awakened to the light of self-love and strong thinking freed from the influence of white folks.Ali the Race Exploiter
April 18, 2009
Well, to tell the truth, I was not, and the truth is better than self-love.The Field of Ice
It is self-love inflamed to the acute point; conceit, with a hair-trigger.Pax Vobiscum
There are three subjective principles of morals,—sympathy, benevolence, self-love.Philebus
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
- the instinct or tendency to seek one's own well-being or to further one's own interest
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Word Origin and History for self-love
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The instinct or desire to promote one's own well-being; regard for or love of one's self.
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