私利私欲 Greed

私利私欲 shiri shiyoku Greed

Japanese proverbs

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私利私欲
Greed; Self-Interest

 

私利私欲
Japanese
しりしよく shi ri shi yoku
Literal
Self-interest and selfish desire
English Equivalent
Motivated by greed
Notes

私 is the "I, me" pronoun watashi. Other common examples of using the し reading are:

私立学校 shiritsu gakkou Private school
私有 shi yuu Private ownership
私有地 shi yuu chi Private land
私的感情 shi teki kan jou Personal feelings

 

Example Sentence

私利私欲に駆られる。
shirishiyoku ni karareru.
To be driven by greed.

 

Vocabulary image

駆られる karareru—be driven by…; be carried away by (one’s feelings); succumb to (curiosity); be assailed by (fears) [ from Kodansha’s 新和英大辞典]

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