altruism altruism  /ˈæl tru ˌɪ zəm/


  • (n) the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others


  1. The truth is that our environment concerns may be less about altruism than about our desire to look good in front of others.
  2. There is a theory that says that altruism may be an antidote to stress.
  3. Vincent's charity may not only be out of altruism, he may ask for a tax deduction.


  1. Metal theft on the rise, hard to fight

    Metal recycling — and scrap metal theft — is on the rise. And it's not just environmental altruism. Don't get Ota Dossett started on the subject of metal thieves unless you have a while to listen. "You dirty birds. You are stealing from the babies of Urbana. It's against every grain of my being," said the veteran director of facilities for the Urbana School District. read more
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Champaign News-Gazette

  2. Alpha Delta Kappa is golden in Flagstaff

    Twelve dedicated teachers were initiated into Alpha Delta Kappa on April 7, 1963, at the Monte Vista Hotel in downtown Flagstaff. Today, the membership has grown to thirty-one. The goals remain the same: to help our community through altruism, educational excellence and world understanding.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Arizona Daily Sun


  1. "The memory of Wendie Jo is that of a walking inspiration," Hanks said in a statement. "She met the challenges of her illness with love, cheer, joy and altruism. We are going to miss her as surely as we are all better for knowing her."
    on Nov 30, 2005 By: Tom Hanks Source: USA Today

  2. "Everyone keeps asking if he's darker, and I don't think that is the case. He was never a white knight. He's a dark knight. Yes, he has altruism in him -- he wants to effect good, he wants to help the city -- yet you look at him and he looks...
    on Jul 10, 2008 By: Christian Bale Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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