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[al-troo-ist] /ˈæl tru ɪst/
a person unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoist).
Origin of altruist
1865-70; < French altruiste; see altruism, -ist
Related forms
hyperaltruist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To be the altruist, one must first be the egoist (say the philosophers), to give, one must first have.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • If I had your altruist emotional temperament, I should not hesitate for a moment.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • On our knees the egotist must die, and the altruist be born.

  • In point of fact, of course, he is no more an altruist than any other healthy mammal.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • In the pastor Sudermann attempts to paint the altruist in action.


    James Huneker
  • But both egoist and altruist are philosophical abstractions.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • They do not believe, and they tell you bluntly they do not believe, any man who claims to be an altruist.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • Thus Godwin was rationalist, altruist, anarchist, and non-resister.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • He was an altruist, and he loved others better than himself.

  • I like to think there's even a good deal of the altruist in me.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
Word Origin and History for altruist

1842, from French; see altruism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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