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Meaning of ALTRUISM

Pronunciation:  'altroo`izum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

ALTRUISM is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: selflessness
 Antonyms: egocentrism, egoism, self-centeredness, self-concern, self-interest
 See Also: unselfishness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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