Selfish vs. Greed



Holding one's own self-interest as the standard for decision making.


A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.

‘His greed was his undoing.’;


Having regard for oneself above others’ well-being.


An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.


Caring supremely or unduly for one's self; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others.

‘They judge of things according to their own private appetites and selfish passions.’; ‘In that throng of selfish hearts untrue.’;


excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves


Believing or teaching that the chief motives of human action are derived from love of self.

‘Hobbes and the selfish school of philosophers.’;


reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)


concerned chiefly or only with yourself;

‘Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights’;


intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food

‘the colonists' greed for African land’; ‘mercenaries who had allowed greed to overtake their principles’; ‘greed has taken over football’;


Greed (or avarice) is an uncontrolled longing for increase in the acquisition or use of material gain (be it food, money, land, or animate/inanimate possessions); or social value, such as status, or power. Greed has been identified as undesirable throughout known human history because it creates behavior-conflict between personal and social goals.

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