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  • noun Plural form of selfishness.

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Examples

  • Nor will the eternal movelessness that is coming to me be made easier or harder by the sacrifices or selfishnesses of the time when I was yeasty and acrawl.

    Chapter 8

  • The great political ideals of man, monarchy, aristocracy, democracy, apart from the selfishnesses they serve and the rational and practical justifications with which they arm themselves, have had for their soul an ideal, some half-seen truth of the absolute and have carried with them a worship, a loyalty, a loss of self in the idea which have made men ready to suffer and die for them.

    War and strife themselves have been schools of heroism

  • I watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm" frequently these days and am awed by the spectacularly irritating selfishnesses demonstrated by "Larry David" the writer's alter ego.

    Susan Braudy: Larry David is a Putz: A Gossipy Rumination about His Marriage Breakup

  • The great political ideals of man, monarchy, aristocracy, democracy, apart from the selfishnesses they serve and the rational and practical justifications with which they arm themselves, have had for their soul an ideal, some half-seen truth of the absolute and have carried with them a worship, a loyalty, a loss of self in the idea which have made men ready to suffer and die for them.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • At Victoria he put her into the carriage which had been ordered for himself — a characteristic action, for he had no petty selfishnesses.

    The Man of Property

  • A desertion to the enemy would be a logical escalation of past selfishnesses.

    The Swordbearer

  • “My belief was,” said Chee in her smoothest voice, “that the Hand of the Vach Hallen wished naught save an end to these intrigues and selfishnesses, an openness in which Merseians might strive together for the common welfare.”

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

  • In essence, it is a matter of there being no integration without social justice, without the elimination of the regime of exploitation of man by man and without the replacement of national selfishnesses with the practice of internationalism.

    INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE 79TH CEMA MEETING

  • Little generosities and selfishnesses display themselves more freely when commons are running short and shelter is scanty than they do amongst those who, in the phrase of Tennyson's northern farmer, "has coats to their backs, and takes their regular meals."

    Recollections With Photogravure Portrait of the Author and a number of Original Letters, of which one by George Meredith and another by Robert Louis Stevenson are reproduced in facsimile

  • Balzac's kindness of heart came out in not a few experiences of his life; but deeper than these ephemeral bursts of generosity were selfishnesses that were enormous and persistent.

    Balzac

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