Definitions

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  • n. One who seeks for things which gratify merely himself; a selfish person; a selfist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who seeks for things which gratify merely himself; a selfish person; a selfist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who selfishly seeks his own gratification; a self-seeker; an egotist.

Etymologies

Latin suus ("belonging to himself or oneself"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This failing, men turned to the Latin; one writer trying to supply the want by calling the man a ‘suist’, as one seeking

    English Past and Present

  • ‘suist’, and ‘suicism’, in lieu of those which have ultimately been adopted.

    English Past and Present

Comments

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  • See discussion on sustainism.

    February 2, 2011

  • Oh, absolutely! What I meant to say is that there are times when missing citations seem to have gotten coded in as if they actually were part of the definition. The best example I can think of is single-soled.

    January 19, 2011

  • Well, with words that no one really uses or understands, it is not surprising that the only citations available are those that explain what the word means.

    January 19, 2011

  • I know--I really love it when the citations are unintentionally disguised as definitions (and hilarity ensues).

    January 19, 2011

  • Yes, a nice word. But one of the failings of the definitions that Wordnik provides from other sources (e.g. The Century Dictionary) is that it leaves out usage tags and citations. This word, for instance, is marked as "rare" by the Century Dictionary, which also supplies the following wonderful citation from R. Whitlock's Zootomia:

    "In short, a suist and selfe-projector (so far as known) is one the world would not care how soon he were gone; and when gone one that heaven will never receive; for thither I am sure he cometh not that would (like him) go thither alone."

    January 19, 2011

  • "One who selfishly seeks his own gratification; a self-seeker; an egotist."

    --Century Dictionary

    January 18, 2011