from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Life in one's self; a living solely for one's own gratification or advantage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Life for one's self; living solely or chiefly for one's own pleasure or good.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Life for oneself; living solely or chiefly for one's own pleasure or good.


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  • I am Jacob -- supplanter, sinner, and then He blessed him there; Jabbok means extinguishment, and Jacob's self-life was extinguished there.

    The Theology of Holiness

  • The proposal of the self-life came in very fascinating guise to him.

    Quiet Talks on Power

  • Jesus was intensely human in His earthly life -- He repeatedly said a never-varying "no" to the self-life, and lived a constant victory until the very last triumphant shout of victory on Calvary.

    Quiet Talks on Power

  • Yet there is a self-life or a self-will that shrinks more or less from the will of God until we enter the Canaan of entire sanctification.

    Adventures in the Land of Canaan

  • The self-life was alluringly and repeatedly presented to Him by Satan, in the wilderness, in the remark of Peter, by the visit of the Greeks, in Gethsemane where the struggle of soul almost broke the tie that held body and spirit together, and many other times.

    Quiet Talks on Power

  • It is woven of the fine threads of the self-life, the hyphenated sins of the human spirit.

    The Pursuit of God

  • We must confess, forsake, repudiate the self-life, and then reckon it crucified.

    The Pursuit of God

  • Rend the veil of our self-life from the top down as Thou didst rend the veil of the Temple.

    The Pursuit of God

  • It is the close-woven veil of the self-life which we have never truly acknowledged, of which we have been secretly ashamed, and which for these reasons we have never brought to the judgment of the cross.

    The Pursuit of God

  • The human being is elevated to a self-life of a universal kind, and this frees him from the ties and appeals of the world of sense and selfishness.

    Rudolph Eucken : a philosophy of life


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