One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Self-love; self-conceit; undue regard for oneself or one's own interests.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in William Tyndale (c1494–1536), translator of the Bible and religious reformer. From post-classical Latin philautia or its etymon Hellenistic Greek ϕιλαυτία self-love, self-conceit (also as a Greek word in Cicero) from ancient Greek ϕίλαυτος loving oneself + -ία.
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