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  1. the seeking of one's own interest or selfish ends.

  1. given to or characterized by self-seeking; selfish.

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Origin of self-seeking

First recorded in 1580–90

Other words from self-seeking

  • self-seek·ing·ness, noun

Words Nearby self-seeking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-seeking in a sentence

  • But his insistence that greed was good, that self-seeking was the American way, only fueled the national cynicism.

    The Catch in “Catch-22” | Morris Dickstein | September 4, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Doubtless there were some in this great conflict who were self-seeking, but this was certainly not the case with Henry Barrington.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • My horrible wealth has killed all affection around me and has enveloped me with shameless self-seeking.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • They reckoned him their ablest general, though his insubordination and self-seeking rendered the loss of him an actual gain.

  • Whatever may be my vanity, or self-seeking, or unmanliness if you will, is not what I say God's truth?

    An Old Man's Love | Anthony Trollope
  • Start the day with this thought, 'I will live this day without discontent, without self-seeking, and without anxiety.'

    A California Girl | Edward Eldridge

British Dictionary definitions for self-seeking


  1. the act or an instance of seeking one's own profit or interest, esp exclusively

  1. having or showing an exclusive preoccupation with one's own profit or interest: a self-seeking attitude

Derived forms of self-seeking

  • self-seeker, noun

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