self-seeker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-seeker a person who places expediency above principle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-seeker One who seeks only his own interest, advantage, or pleasure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-seeker One who seeks his own selfish interest, to the detriment of justice and mercy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-seeker one who looks only to his own interests
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.

Usage

In literature:

They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers.
"United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches" by Various
Let me but leave the good name to my three daughters, and that is enough for me; I am not a self-seeker.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
When the banker returned to his study, the troop of courtiers, friends, and self-seekers pressed round him like dogs pursuing a bitch.
"Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau" by Honore de Balzac
And the insincere, the self-seekers, the self-advertisers!
"All Roads Lead to Calvary" by Jerome K. Jerome
Geoffrey was not a truly ambitious man; he was no mere self-seeker.
"Beatrice" by H. Rider Haggard
Worldly people, sordid people, self-seekers, and promotion-hunters, contemn him as an amiable lunatic.
"Prime Ministers and Some Others" by George W. E. Russell
Those who obeyed were regarded by their congregations as backsliders and self-seekers.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
The great man cannot be a self-seeker.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
A self-seeker cannot but be a covenant-breaker: this is a sin you must hate as the very gates of hell.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
These pitiful self-seekers and their dupes!
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
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In news:

Job seeker Kim Walker prepares to videotape her 30-second self-promotional spot at the TeleMedia Studios in Chelmsford, Mass.
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