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self interest vs. selfishness

[ self-in-ter-ist, -trist, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst, ˈsɛlf- /

noun
  1. regard for one's own interest or advantage, especially with disregard for others.
  2. personal interest or advantage.
[ sel-fish-nis ]
/ ˈsɛl fɪʃ nɪs /

noun
  1. the quality or state of caring only for oneself or one’s own interests:The author rants at length about the selfishness and general disregard for others that he sees at the root of modern society.

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