V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

Synonyms: kind, generous, charitable, philanthropic, selfless

Antonyms: selfish, inconsiderate, unkind

Tips: Altruistic is derived from the French altruisme, from autrui, which means "other people." So, when you are altruistic, you are giving to other people--you are committing a selfless act. The noun altruism is the act of kindness or generosity.

Usage Examples:

It seems that older people tend to be more altruistic than young people when it comes to donating money to charities. (generous, charitable)

In an act of pure altruism, Michael decided to leave his estate to a charity organization. (generosity, philanthropy) noun

She felt an altruistic sense of duty when it came to her favorite charity. (selfless, charitable)

It was part of her altruistic nature to be a volunteer and give money to charitable organizations. (kind, selfless)

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