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English definition of “self-absorbed”


adjective     /ˌself.əbˈzɔːbd/ US  /-ˈzɔːrbd/ usually disapproving
only interested in yourself and your own activitiesSelfishnessInconsiderate self-absorption     /ˌself.əbˈzɔːp.ʃən/ US  /-ˈzɔːrp-/ noun [U] Her self-absorption is total - she talks you to death about her health problems.SelfishnessInconsiderate
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