Definition of altruism in English:

altruism

Line breaks: al¦tru|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈaltrʊɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]

Derivatives

altruist

noun
More example sentences
  • Doctors can no longer be regarded as white-coated altruists who are moved by the will to heal; they have become shrewd and aggressive shareholders and investors.
  • Of course, it's not exactly hard to find billionaires who think of themselves as altruists regardless of the obscene amounts of wealth they accumulate.
  • This altruist was only persuaded to come forward when he realised he might use the money to help others, and is now considering setting up a charitable foundation.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French altruisme, from Italian altrui 'somebody else', from Latin alteri huic 'to this other'.

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