selfishness etymology

English word selfishness comes from English -ness, English selfish

Detailed word origin of selfishness

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ness English (eng) Appended to adjectives to form nouns meaning "the state of being(the adjective)", "the quality of being(the adjective)", or "the measure of being(the adjective)".. Appended to words of other parts of speech to form nouns (often nonce words or terms in philosophy) meaning the state/quality/measure of the idea represented by these words.
selfish English (eng) Having regard for oneself above others’ well-being.. Holding one's own self-interest as the standard for decision making.
selfishness English (eng) The quality of being selfish; the condition of putting one's own interests before those of others.

Words with the same origin as selfishness

Descendants of -ness
craziness dizziness express expression seriousness strength strengthen strengths talent talented unhappiness