self-seeking

[self-see-king]
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adjective
  1. given to or characterized by self-seeking; selfish.

Origin of self-seeking

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formsself-seek·ing·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of self-seeking

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

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    The Catch in “Catch-22”

    Morris Dickstein

    September 4, 2011

Historical Examples of self-seeking

  • She had learned to know that Althea was not only snobbish, but self-seeking as well.

  • Many men, Agostino, enter the Church out of motives of self-seeking.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • But now the voice broke in again, apologetic, solicitous, self-seeking.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • There is an earnestness in high purpose no self-seeking could ever counterfeit.

  • It is in self-seeking and advancement that we narrow our faculties and imprison our natures.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for self-seeking

self-seeking

noun
  1. the act or an instance of seeking one's own profit or interest, esp exclusively
adjective
  1. having or showing an exclusive preoccupation with one's own profit or interesta self-seeking attitude
Derived Formsself-seeker, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-seeking
n.

"a seeking after one's own benefit (before those of others)," 1580s, from self + seeking, verbal noun from seek. As an adjective, from 1620s.

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