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  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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Also especially British, self-cen·tred.

Origin of self-centered

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formsself·cen·tered·ly, adverbself·cen·tered·ness, nounun·self-cen·tered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-centred

Historical Examples

  • There was nothing morbid or self-centred in the girl's attitude.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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

  • They say lovers are self-centred, but really I think you're the worst I ever met.

    Half a Hero

    Anthony Hope

  • It was not, above all, self-centred; it led him to seek for fellowship with others.

  • The child's shocked eyes recalled the girl's self-centred thoughts.


    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for self-centred


  1. totally preoccupied with one's own concerns
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Derived Formsself-centredly, adverbself-centredness, noun
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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.

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