from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a selfish manner; with regard to private interest only or chiefly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a selfish manner; with regard to private interest only or chiefly.

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  • adverb In a selfish manner; with regard to private interest only or chiefly.

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  • adverb in an egotistical manner


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selfish +‎ -ly


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  • That abandonment of the primacy of Justice has had dreadful effects and one of these, along with everyone lese is the emotionalising as in selfishly emoting of modern people.

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  • Mightn’t we all close ranks and tut-tut-tut those women who persist in selfishly pursuing their own pleasures at cost to their children?

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  • My mother-in-law wore black after her husband died, and I recall selfishly wishing she could give up the somber look for our wedding sixth months later, so as not to bring us down.

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  • Obama and Hillary both so "selfishly" agreed to not count Michigan and Florida.

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  • The critics are not being irrational, even though the speaker probably didn't mean it you know that it wouldn't be long before some conservative would come out with some attack on gays for 'selfishly' not caring about 'the children'.

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  • It is just 'selfishly' laying down and tries to get itself out of this mess with the best it can do.

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  • But the cost of a simple suicide at Dignitas has risen from £1,800 in 2005 to £4,500, fuelling suspicions that the clinic may not be sticking to Swiss laws that are supposed to prevent people "selfishly" profiting from assisted suicide. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph 2010

  • Malena and CLR - who traveled all the way from Mangaf - revealed that they have been playing together for sometime since none of this groups played "selfishly" and everyone could see that their moves were coordinated which showed they had been involved in hours of practice, they made the right passes and it seemed that most of them knew where the other players were on the court without having to search for them.

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  • - Last fall, when Carol Gray entered the online drawing to win a new vehicle, she said she prayed "selfishly" to win before confessing her selfishness to God.

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