altruism NOUN 1) unselfish concern for others. 2) Zoology behaviour of an animal that benefits another at its own expense.
DERIVATIVES altruist noun altruistic adjective altruistically adverb.
ORIGIN from Italian altrui 'somebody else' , from Latin alteri huic 'to this other' .

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  • Altruistic — Al tru*is tic, a. [Cf. F. altruiste, a. See {Altruism}..] Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish; opposed to {egoistic} or {selfish}. Bain. {Al tru*is tic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • altruistic — index benevolent, charitable (benevolent), humane, liberal (generous), magnanimous, nonprofit …   Law dictionary

  • altruistic — (adj.) 1853, from Fr. altruiste (adj.), from altruisme (see ALTRUISM (Cf. altruism)) + IC (Cf. ic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • altruistic — benevolent, *charitable, humanitarian, philanthropic, eleemosynary Analogous words: self abnegating, self denying (see corresponding nouns at RENUNCIATION): generous, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, *liberal Antonyms: egoistic Contrasted words …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • altruistic — [adj] unselfish all heart*, benevolent, big*, big hearted*, bleeding heart*, charitable, considerate, generous, good, good scout, human, humane, humanitarian, kind, magnanimous, openhanded, philanthropic, Robin Hood*, self sacrificing; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • altruistic — [al΄tro͞o is′tik] adj. of or motivated by altruism; unselfish SYN. PHILANTHROPIC altruistically adv …   English World dictionary

  • altruistic — al|tru|is|tic [ˌæltruˈıstık] adj altruistic behaviour shows that you care about and will help other people, even though this brings no advantage for yourself ≠ ↑selfish ▪ Were his motives entirely altruistic? >altruistically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • altruistic — [[t]æ̱ltruɪ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED If your behaviour or motives are altruistic, you show concern for the happiness and welfare of other people rather than for yourself. ...motives and ambitions that are not entirely altruistic. Syn: selfless Ant:… …   English dictionary

  • altruistic — adjective altruistic behaviour shows that you care about others more than you care for yourself: Were his motives completely altruistic? altruistically /kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • altruistic — adjective /ˌæl.tɹuˈɪs.tɪk,ˌæl.tɹuˈɪs.tɪk,ˌɑl.tɹuˈɪs.tɪk/ Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish His helping the old lady with her shopping was deemed highly altruistic by everyone, especially since her home was a mile away. Syn: beneficent,… …   Wiktionary

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