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noun [U] (SELFISH)    /ˈvæn.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ disapproving
C2 the fact that you are too interested in your appearance or achievements: He wants the job purely for reasons of vanity and ambition.Saddening, shocking and upsettingSelfishnessInconsiderate
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