selfish Definition

lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.

Using selfish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "selfish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She's so selfish that she never thinks about anyone else's feelings.

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    His selfish behavior caused a lot of problems in the company.

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    It's selfish of you to only think about yourself and not consider others.

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    She refused to share her toys because she was being selfish.

selfish Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for selfish

  • egocentric
  • self-centered
  • self-absorbed
  • self-interested
  • self-seeking

Antonyms for selfish

Phrases with selfish

  • selfish interests

    personal interests that are pursued at the expense of others


    The politician was accused of pursuing his own selfish interests instead of serving the public.

  • selfish motives

    motives that are driven by self-interest rather than concern for others


    The charity questioned the businessman's donation, suspecting that it was driven by selfish motives.

  • actions that prioritize one's own interests over others


    The coach reprimanded the player for his selfish behavior on the field.


Summary: selfish in Brief

The term 'selfish' [ˈsɛlfɪʃ] describes a person who lacks consideration for others and is primarily concerned with their own personal profit or pleasure. It is often used to criticize someone who prioritizes themselves over others, as in 'She's so selfish that she never thinks about anyone else's feelings.' 'Selfish' can also be used in phrases like 'selfish interests' and 'selfish behavior,' which describe actions and motives that prioritize one's own interests over others.

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