- The ethical doctrine that morality has its foundations in self-interest. (noun)
- The ethical belief that self-interest is the just and proper motive for all human conduct. (noun)
- Excessive preoccupation with one's own well-being and interests, usually accompanied by an inflated sense of self-importance. (noun)
- Egotism; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit. (noun)
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