View synonyms for self-centered


[ self-sen-terd ]


  1. concerned solely or chiefly with one's own interests, welfare, etc.; engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical.
  2. independent, self-sufficient.
  3. centered in oneself or itself.
  4. Archaic. fixed; unchanging.

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Other Words From

  • selfcentered·ly adverb
  • selfcentered·ness noun
  • unself-centered adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of self-centered1

First recorded in 1670–80

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Example Sentences

The brash, engaged, occasionally self-centered ex-lawmaker seemed to retreat inward and practically disappear.

He does take up a leadership role, but his motivations are somewhat self-centered.

Of course, there is the catch that Nancy has always been a bit more cunning and self-centered (though not self-aware) than Piper.

Opportunistic, self-centered—no one could actually write a worse TV mom.

His motivations to just make money can be viewed by this audience as self-centered, even if they may be business savvy.

Moze and Shady Jones, deep locked in their self-centered motives, had not realized the inevitable trend of their dark lives.

With his self-centered juvenile mind, he never thought anyone would try to outsmart him and succeed.

Incurious and self-centered, the affairs of the outer world had for her but little real interest.

But a religious culture that keeps him in this self-centered feverish state is pathetically morbid and harmful.

How can the man whose ends are both self-centered and ignoble be changed into the man whose ends are wide and high?


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