altruistic


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al·tru·ism

 (ăl′tro͞o-ĭz′əm)
n.
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:
Adj.1.altruistic - showing unselfish concern for the welfare of othersaltruistic - showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
unselfish - disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
egocentric, egoistic, egoistical, self-centered, self-centred - limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs

altruistic

altruistic

adjective
1. Characterized by kindness and concern for others:
2. Of or concerned with charity:
Translations

altruistic

[ˌæltrʊˈɪstɪk] ADJaltruista

altruistic

[ˌæltruˈɪstɪk] adj [person] → altruiste; [reason, motive, objective] → altruiste; [attitude, approach] → altruiste

altruistic

adj, altruistically
advaltruistisch

altruistic

[ˌæltrʊˈɪstɪk] adjaltruistico/a
References in classic literature ?
It is built on such altruistic lines that an injury to any one part is the concern of all.
And the altruistic virtues have really prevented the carrying out of this aim.
And a far greater flaw was that it was too altruistic.
No doubt a fancied affinity with Tom Pinch through their common love of music made him like that most sentimental and improbable personage, whom he would have disowned and laughed to scorn if he had met him in life; but it was a purely altruistic sympathy that he felt with Little Nell and her grandfather.
Your desire for profits, which is sheer selfishness, you metamorphose into altruistic solicitude for suffering humanity.
It was very simple, and at the end of that moving appeal to every altruistic sentiment it blazed at you, luminous and terrifying, like a flash of lightning in a serene sky:
And as Prince Michael's eye rested upon the glowing face of the great clock in the tower, his smile, altruistic as it was, became slightly tinged with contempt.
An altruistic act is an act performed for the welfare of others.
After that altruistic exploit Stevie was put to help wash the dishes in the basement kitchen, and to black the boots of the gentlemen patronising the Belgravian mansion.
Having witnessed firsthand the life-changing effects a kidney transplant had on her sister-in-law Anita she decided she would become an altruistic kidney donor.
Tom Higgs is the first person at Great Ormond Street Hospital to receive a kidney from an altruistic living donor.