Sunday, March 30, 2008

Word of the Day



Pronunciation: \ˈal-trü-ˌi-zəm\

Etymology: French altruisme, from autrui other people, from Old French, oblique case form of autre other, from Latin alter
Date: 1853

1 : unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others
2 : behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species

— al·tru·ist (noun)
— al·tru·is·tic (adjective)
al·tru·is·ti·cal·ly (adverb)

From Merriam-Webster Online.

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