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.

Origin of self-love

First recorded in 1555–65
Related formsself-lov·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-love

Contemporary Examples of self-love

Historical Examples of self-love

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for self-love



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for self-love



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