Definitions

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  • n. The practice of focusing concern and effort on the needs of the self.
  • n. An ethical system prescribing such focus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Concentration of one's interests on one's self; self-love; selfishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Devotedness to self; selfishness.

Etymologies

self +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Others may see this selfism or selfishness as a type of spiritual sickness.

    Bodhi Bit--Contemplating Death

  • She liked to think that she was approaching other - selfism with the Lady Blue.

    Unicorn Point

  • It cannot be that the unmitigated and disgusting selfism of Louis Philippe, and his efforts to ally himself with every crowned head in Europe -- not for the glory of France, but for his own -- will much longer be overlooked or their perils masked.

    Edmond Dantès

  • It begins with the selfism of the individual, its manifestations are named lust.

    Insights and Heresies Pertaining to the Evolution of the Soul

  • It is speedily punished, inasmuch as this habit invites men to humor it, and, by treating the patient tenderly, to shut him up in a narrower selfism, and exclude him from the great world of God's cheerful fallible men and women.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860

  • In this opponent of selfism, this regard for the rights and happiness of others equally with our own, we find the link which binds together the two halves of the moral principle.

    Man And His Ancestor A Study In Evolution

  • It is speedily punished, inasmuch as this habit invites men to humor it, and by treating the patient tenderly, to shut him up in a narrower selfism, and exclude him from the great world of God's cheerful fallible men and women.

    The Conduct of Life (1860)

  • There is pride in action, but no selfism in these figures.

    Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli

  • The personal authority of the aristocracy has decreased with the disappearance of Ranelagh and similar places of amusement, where rank was not exclusive, and luxury by the gratification it occasioned others seemed robbed of half its selfism.

    Venetia

  • 'Now, my opinion of Cadurcis is, that his egotism, or selfism, or whatever you may style it, will ultimately preserve him from any very fatal, from any irrecoverable excesses.

    Venetia

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