(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Devotion to oneself
1. selfishness, self-indulgence, self-interest; egotism, egoism; vanity; nepotism; worldliness; egomania, megalomania; illiberality; meanness, parsimony. See malevolence.
2. self-seeker, fortune-hunter, worldling; egotist, egoist, monopolist, nepotist; dog in the manger; spoiled child or brat.
Verbs — be selfish; indulge oneself; look after one's own interests; feather one's nest; take care of number one; have an eye to the main chance; know on which side one's bread is buttered; give an inch and take an ell; cultivate one's garden; sell oneself to the Devil.
Adjectives — selfish, self-seeking, self-indulgent, self-interested, self-centered; egotistic, egotistical; mean, mercenary, venal; earthly, mundane; worldly, materialistic, worldly-wise.
Adverbs — selfishly, ungenerously.
Phrases — every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost; if you want a thing done well, do it yourself; I'm all right, Jack.
Quotations — Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires (Lao-tzu).
Antonyms, see unselfishness, liberality.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. self-regard, self-indulgence, self-worship; see greed .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
self-centeredness, greediness, egocentricity, narcissism. ''Consuming happiness without producing any.''—Joan Tepperman.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Concern only for oneself: egocentricity, ego-centrism, egoism, egomania, self-absorption, self-centeredness, self-involvement. See SELF.

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