selfishness

noun
self·​ish·​ness | \ ˈsel-fish-nəs How to pronounce selfishness (audio) \

Definition of selfishness

: the quality or state of being selfish : a concern for one's own welfare or advantage at the expense of or in disregard of others : excessive interest in oneself We were appalled by the selfishness of their behavior. Thus most of us are hardwired to conform to a "core morality" that includes protecting our children, dealing more or less fairly with other people, and placing limits on our selfishness.— Christopher R. Beha

First Known Use of selfishness

1628, in the meaning defined above

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“Selfishness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfishness. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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