self-regarding love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having regard to one's self.

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  • adjective considering foremost yourself and your own interests


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  • It's what philosophers might call a "self-regarding action", yes?

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  • Nicholas Woodeson savours every line of the rantipole, self-regarding Mr Prince who proudly announces "I am the American King Lear" and Keeley Hawes elegantly makes a case for Ben's reproving but desolate wife.

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  • Perhaps they mean that death itself is peaceful, not that dying was so, for all too often it is not is partly a self-regarding, partly an other-regarding motive.

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  • The outrageously self-regarding George then takes an onstage bow, largely ignoring his angry female co-star, before greeting fans on the sidewalk outside the cinema where he meets cute with Peppy.

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  • He saw her looking at him and smiled with a look of recognition that was proud, almost self-regarding.

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  • He saw her looking at him and smiled with a look of recognition that was proud, almost self-regarding.

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  • Artist-film-maker Miranda July's wide-eyed kooky persona has never been more painfully self-regarding than it is in her drivelsome relationship break-up fantasy The Future.

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  • In keeping with its maddening, self-regarding role as the American Pravda, a hand-wringing New York Times "analysis" worries that "the images could incite anti-American sentiment at a particularly delicate moment in the decade-old Afghan war."

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  • Both men like to engage audiences wider than the nearest senior common room; both have a pronounced impishness; and neither shirks from controversy Guha has described the polemics of Arundhati Roy as "ventures into social science … self-regarding and self-indulgent … and also self-contradictory".

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