Definitions

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  • n. Selfishness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Self-love; selfishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Love of self; selfishness.

Etymologies

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Based on Ancient Greek φιλαυτία ("self-love, self-regard"), fopm φιλέω (phileo, "I love"), and αὐτός (autos, "self").

Examples

  • I know for certain, and therefore may I with the greater confidence utter my conception of it, that philauty, or self-love, is that which blinds your judgment and deceiveth you.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

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  • In despite of the inutility in which men for the most part pass their existence, maugre the little care they bestow, to render themselves dear to the beings who environ them; notwithstanding the numerous actions they commit to displease their associates; the self love of each individual, persuades him, that his death must he an interesting occurrence: few men but think themselves an Euryalus in friendship, all expect to find a Nisus, thus man's over-weening philauty shews him to say thus the order of things are overturned at his decease.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

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