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Synonyms for selfishness



Synonyms for selfishness

Antonyms for selfishness

stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

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Sickness speaketh in such craving, and invisible degeneration; of a sickly body, speaketh the larcenous craving of this selfishness.
The terrible moment of complete illumination had come to me, and I saw that the darkness had hidden no landscape from me, but only a blank prosaic wall: from that evening forth, through the sickening years which followed, I saw all round the narrow room of this woman's soul--saw petty artifice and mere negation where I had delighted to believe in coy sensibilities and in wit at war with latent feeling--saw the light floating vanities of the girl defining themselves into the systematic coquetry, the scheming selfishness, of the woman--saw repulsion and antipathy harden into cruel hatred, giving pain only for the sake of wreaking itself.
Her practiced policy, as well as her selfishness, counseled her to try the latter expedient first.
I had resolved in my own mind that to create another like the fiend I had first made would be an act of the basest and most atrocious selfishness, and I banished from my mind every thought that could lead to a different conclusion.
Astor, complained of their selfishness, their extortion, and their thievish propensities.
The grim joke on mankind is the fact that he [the tribal lone wolf] is held up as a symbol of selfishness," Rand writes.
He said: "These consumer rioters are the products of decades of state-encouraged individualism, competition and selfishness that has seen the gap between the rich and poor ever increasing.
Sentencing him at York crown court, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said it was "pure selfishness and rapacity".
Pensioner Bill has called them "marvellous" and they truly are, for in an age when selfishness has become almost acceptable, they prove that some people are still prepared to go out of their way for total strangers.
Wouldn't it have been better if Ashley spilled the beans to Jake a little earlier, and some understandable selfishness came between the pair?
All of this dark, steamy novel's characters may be fueled by lust, selfishness, and violence, but Cain's spare prose sketches their mixed motives with such blurry deftness that his readers sit on edge, not quite knowing what is happening or whom, if anyone, they can trust, until the very last words of the novel.
One person's selfishness is another person's glory, but who's to say one is more deserving?
Amid so many voices and cries from oppressed and oppressors, amid so much machinery of repression and so many moans of victims, amid the selfishness of those who refuse to hear the protest of the hungry, in the presence of rightful efforts made for social justice, and in particular as we live surrounded by a virtual environment of terrorism, vengeance, and violence--what good it would do us all to raise our problems and our feelings and personal or group efforts to the transcendent level that Christ calls us to from his cross in Holy Week: to God's justice and his merciful love.
THE Rev Harry Ross's little column is an instructive counterweight to human selfishness.