self-seeking

self-seeking
ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe someone as self-seeking, you disapprove of them because they are interested only in doing things which give them an advantage over other people.

He said that democracy would open the way for self-seeking politicians to abuse the situation.


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  • self-seeking — (n.) a seeking after one s own benefit (before those of others), 1580s, from SELF (Cf. self) + seeking (see SEEK (Cf. seek)). As an adjective, from 1620s …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-seeking — self seekingness, n. /self see king/, n. 1. the seeking of one s own interest or selfish ends. adj. 2. given to or characterized by self seeking; selfish. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • Self-seeking — Self seek ing, a. Seeking one s own interest or happiness; selfish. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Self-seeking — Self seek ing, n. The act or habit of seeking one s own interest or happiness; selfishness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-seeking — adj doing things only because they will give you an advantage that other people do not have used to show disapproval ▪ a self seeking politician …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-seeking — self seeking; self seeking·ness; …   English syllables

  • self-seeking — self′ seek′ing n. 1) the seeking of one s own interest or selfish ends 2) given to or characterized by self seeking; selfish • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • self-seeking — index venal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • self-seeking — adjective interested only in doing what will be good for you …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-seeking — /sɛlf ˈsikɪŋ / (say self seeking) noun 1. the seeking of one s own interest or selfish ends. –adjective 2. given to or characterised by self seeking; selfish …  

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