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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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Movies should be made only on these events whereby all nations without exception could be inspired for the welfare of others and breathe spirit of being altruist into them not egoist, since the movie plays a significant role among society and furthermore, not only children but some mature also regard movie actors as a trainer and teacher in their lives.
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Described by the University President as "the universal lifer, the universal giver," Samia was described by her colleagues both at AUB and AUBMC as someone who always strives to serve her community to her utmost abilities, and an altruist and empath who has always helped Leaders and students with equal dedication, persistence, and enthusiasm.
On the altruist standard, the dispossessed, the disadvantaged, the distressed, the underprivileged, the have-nots, the underclass, the downtrodden, the weak and helpless, the ability-challenged, "the most vulnerable among us"--the needy, have been robbed.
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The Altruist cares |about the environment, and would love to install solar panels.
On the other hand, he may choose to become an altruist and say, "I care for you, I'll help you".