Definition of self-centered in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈˌself ˈsen(t)ərd/


Preoccupied with oneself and one’s affairs: he’s far too self-centered to care what you do
More example sentences
  • It's self-centred, self-interested pleading at its worst.
  • Sometimes I think it truly self-centred and self-indulgent to believe that you hold an opinion that so many people could be interested in.
  • Above all, they're apt to be self-centred and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbours or communities.
inconsiderate, thoughtless
informal looking after number one



Example sentences
  • About ten thousand years ago the world witnessed a second flowering of plant diversity that we would come to call, somewhat self-centeredly, ‘the invention of agriculture.’
  • ‘A man ought to love a woman more than she loves him,’ Laura self-centeredly states.


Pronunciation: /ˌself ˈsen(t)ərdnəs/
Example sentences
  • Self-awareness is precious, and it is not abundant in our generation, which all too often substitutes a narcissistic self-centeredness.
  • The definition of ‘egotism’ relates self-centredness to superiority, and also, quite tellingly, self-importance to superiority.
  • It could reflect the therapist's own narcissism and self-centeredness.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: self-cen·tered

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.