American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
- n. Zoology Instinctive behavior that is detrimental to the individual but favors the survival or spread of that individual's genes, as by benefiting its relatives.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A term first employed by the French philosopher Comte to denote the benevolent instincts and emotions in general, or action prompted by them: the opposite of egoism.
- n. Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; – opposed to egoism or selfishness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Recent Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; -- opposed to
- n. the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
- 1853, from French altruisme, coined 1830 by Auguste Comte, from autrui ("of or to others") + -isme, from Old French, from Latin alteri, dative of alter ("other"), from which also English alter. Apparently inspired by French Latin legal phrase l'autrui, from le bien, le droit d'autrui ("the good, the right of the other"). Introduced into English by George Henry Lewes in 1853, in his translation Comte’s Philosophy of the Sciences, 1, xxi. (Wiktionary)
- French altruisme, probably from Italian altrui, someone else, from Latin alter, other. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This use of the term altruism makes it a very different thing from the quality or characteristic which in the West is described by this term.”
“And (since your altruism is the primary factor in your decision making) your moral decisions stand or fall on whether you are feeling benevolent at the moment.”
“My "altruism" is the encouragement of ethical behavior.”
“For we transmuted the vernacular word "altruism" to a quite different technical sense — and then solved the technical issue, leaving the human phenomenon (for which the word was invented) quite unresolved.”
“I believe the human drive toward cooperation and altruism is far stronger than our drive to compete or relatiate, and is much more rewarded in our culture.”
“Whether or not this altruism is realistic, especially given the large amount of money that Google pays to Mozilla, I think the important message is that users become aware of what a browser is and learn that there are alternatives to Internet Explorer.”
“Ultimately, it also proves the primitively atavistic nature of human beings: that altruism is an unnatural societal construct and that self-interest is the natural impulse of the human animal.”
“On the issue of whether altruism is essentially selfish, studies have suggested that it is not.”
“It's been proven that altruism is good for the species.”
“If one believes that altruism is bad (Ayn Rand), then one should not take the time to correct a problem.”
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