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For her postdoctoral work, Zanders focused on a particular type of dustup caused by some selfish genes — genes that propagate themselves even if it hurts the host.

The most effective strategy was the selfish strategy where everyone tried to go as fast as possible.

Their response to the pandemic and this great work that pharma people are doing has reminded many of their capacities and how they can be helpful to the world—as opposed to the industry being viewed as kind of selfish and uncooperative.

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The next day the mayor called the partiers “absolutely reckless and selfish,” and she closed the beach parking to make an example of them.

I feel selfish in a sense because I’m one of the lucky ones.

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Emetophobia tends to compromise my relationships, turning me into a selfish jerk.

Self-marriage is the ultimate brand extension of a self-obsessed, selfish populus.

Scrooge is still with us, not just in print but embodied in the cold hearts and selfish calculations of misanthropes everywhere.

What should have been a moment of reckoning for a selfish, serial liar instead ended with us pitying him.

What if an affair is a process of positive self-discovery rather than selfish carnal impulses?

His ambition is a purely selfish one, while mine is distinctly benevolent.

No, no,” added Mr. Pickwick more cheerfully, “it would be selfish and ungrateful.

One would imagine, to hear these (p. 171) people talk, that smoking was the only selfish indulgence in the world.

"I fear, for my part, it is only a very selfish pleasure," he said a trifle unctuously.

Let no opportunity be missed of exposing the true character of the vile and selfish agitators of the Anti-corn-law league.


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On this page you'll find 77 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to selfish, such as: egotistical, greedy, narcissistic, self-centered, egocentric, and egoistic.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.