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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others [syn: altruism, selflessness] [ant: egocentrism, egoism, self-centeredness, self-concern, self- interest]

Merriam Webster's

Etymology: French altruisme, from autrui other people, from Old French, oblique case form of autre other, from Latin alter Date: 1853 1. unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others 2. behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species altruist noun altruistic adjective altruistically adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 regard for others as a principle of action. 2 unselfishness; concern for other people. Derivatives: altruist n. altruistic adj. altruistically adv. Etymology: F altruisme f. It. altrui somebody else (infl. by L alter other)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Altruism Al"tru*ism, n. [F. altruisme (a word of Comte's), It. altrui of or to others, fr. L. alter another.] Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; -- opposed to egoism or selfishness. [Recent] --J. S. Mill.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Altruism is unselfish concern for other people's happiness and welfare.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Devotion to others, love of others, philanthropy, unselfishness, public spirit.

Moby Thesaurus

BOMFOG, Benthamism, Christian charity, Christian love, agape, beneficence, benevolence, benevolent disposition, benevolentness, bigheartedness, brotherly love, caritas, charitableness, charity, commitment, consecration, dedication, devotion, disinterest, disinterestedness, do-goodism, flower power, generosity, giving, goodwill, grace, greatheartedness, humaneness, humanitarianism, humanity, humility, largeheartedness, love, love of mankind, modesty, philanthropism, philanthropy, sacrifice, self-abasement, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-devotion, self-effacement, self-forgetfulness, self-immolation, self-neglect, self-neglectfulness, self-renouncement, self-sacrifice, self-subjection, selflessness, unacquisitiveness, unpossessiveness, unselfishness, utilitarianism, welfarism, well-disposedness



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