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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SELFISHLY

Of course poor Isobel was lonely and she and Gyp had selfishly neglected her.

"I will not selfishly take you into any more dangers," he said.

It showed Falk's brutality because after all he had selfishly caused him (Hermann) much pain.

The minutes, selfishly thoughtless of all but themselves, fly rapidly.

He had been selfishly consulting his own happiness, his own ease.

They were not selfishly considering the entire possession of the treasure.

I was so selfishly taken up with my own happiness that I didn't think!

He's so selfishly bent on his own plans he's willing to let me suffer anything.

I had thought, selfishly enough, only of what she had said about my own peril.

He was frank, and in his habits impulsive and selfishly outspoken.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, from self- + -ish. Said in Hacket's life of Archbishop Williams (1693) to have been coined by Presbyterians. In the 17c., synonyms included self-seeking (1620s), self-ended and self-ful.

Related: Selfishly; selfishness. Cf. similar formations in German selbstisch, Swedish sjelfvisk, Danish selvisk.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SELFISHLY

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adverbvainly
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