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1. Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
2. Zoology Instinctive behavior that is detrimental to the individual but favors the survival or spread of that individual's genes, as by benefiting its relatives.

[French altruisme, probably from Italian altrui, someone else, from Latin alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′tru·ist n.
al′tru·is′tic adj.
al′tru·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.altruist - someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-beingaltruist - someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being
bestower, conferrer, donor, giver, presenter - person who makes a gift of property


[ˈæltrʊɪst] Naltruista mf


nAltruist(in) m(f)
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Would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was an example of a radical altruist.
In any case, in a world with a billion people living in extreme poverty, it would not be difficult for an altruist to appreciate that there are many ways of doing more good than renovating a concert hall for well-off music lovers.
The glorifying God praises the altruist people in this Quranic verse: ".
It stars Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, co-creators of the BAFTA-nominated Getting On, as matriarch and Barbara Woodhouse wannabe Nana V and West Kirby altruist Naomi Singh.
Well, now the firm has been saved, or to be more precise, it has been bought by Indian social networking company Altruist.
The Altruist cares |about the environment, and would love to install solar panels.
The play focuses on those choices made by Daniel and the other characters in the story, with some decisions proving polarizing, altruist, prejudicial, calamitous and, at times, fatal.
On the other hand, he may choose to become an altruist and say, "I care for you, I'll help you".
Glyphs related to UFOs are found all over the world, particularly at the Sandy Shores hippie camp and scary Altruist mountain hideaway, ringed in alien code that can possibly be decrypted as well.
The nomination is an international appreciation for Mandela's 67 years of altruist services aimed at uprooting racism, establishment of social justice, and inspiring millions of people around the globe to try to establish a better world for all.
Collectively, they've conjured up countess numbers of inventions that ultimately have come to pass, from airplanes, spaceships and submarines to cell phones, electronic books, robots and computer eyewear (the latter novelty is marginal; Google Glass cannot store human memories like the spectacles worn by venture altruist Manfred Macx in Charles Stross's 2005 novel "Accelerando").
Chauhan, who is a true philanthropist and an altruist, announced that the OPD and all the services offered by it will be free of cost during the initial three months for everybody and would cater to all strata of society.