(noun) The tendency of some people to value the health and well-being of others, often above their own self-interest.

Audio Pronunciation: (al·tru·ism)

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  • Plural: altruisms
  • Coined by Auguste Comte (1798–1857) in 1830.
  • Egocentrism is the opposite of altruism.
  • Also called:
    • selflessness
    • unselfishness
  • An (noun) altruist exhibits altruism (adverb) altruistically in an (adjective) altruistic manner.

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