from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A self-seeking person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who seeks only his own interest, advantage, or pleasure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who seeks his own selfish interest, to the detriment of justice and mercy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who places expediency above principle
Yes, the assumption that I am a conscienceless liar, self-seeker, is quite right...
To exploit this market need, this book has been thrown together over the last fifteen years for the express purpose of enabling your average self-seeker to discover those meaningful parts of his or her being that vaguely resemble his or her own Self.
There has been no notorious self-seeker these twenty years, no seller of causes for money down, but he has arisen amongst them; and there has been no man that has lived poorly that he might think well, no master of lofty speech, no seeker of subtle truth, but he has arisen among us; and abundance in these things comes now as always from the hand of the Future already half lifted in blessing.
Does't that figure of speech signify a sycophant, defined by my dictionary as "a servile self-seeker who curries favor by flattering influential people"?
To a critic, however, Flagler looked somewhat different—a bold, unscrupulous self-seeker who made no bones about conscience.
And if he would not accept an intemperate slave, what pains should the master himself take to avoid that imputation. 93 For with the incontinent man it is not as with the self-seeker and the covetous.
And over all that torrential confusion of men and purposes fluttered that strange flag, the stars and stripes, that meant at once the noblest thing in life, and the least noble, that is to say, Liberty on the one hand, and on the other the base jealousy the individual self-seeker feels towards the common purpose of the State.
But if there should appear in the company some gentle soul who knows little of persons or parties, of Carolina or Cuba, but who announces a law that disposes these particulars, and so certifies me of the equity which checkmates every false player, bankrupts every self-seeker, and apprises me of my independence on any conditions of country, or time, or human body, — that man liberates me; I forget the clock.
TOADY emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker cultivated leaders of society and became their toady.
Christians; if by ill hap there should be a single self-seeker or hypocrite, a Catiline or a Cromwell, for instance, he would certainly get the better of his pious compatriots.