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  1. a person unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoist).
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Origin of altruist

1865–70; < French altruiste; see altruism, -ist
Related formshy·per·al·tru·ist, noun
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Related Words for altruist

contributor, donor, benefactor, patron, promoter, philanthropist, backer, protector, supporter, helper, do-gooder, altruist, angel, assistant, humanitarian, mark, subscriber, fan, sponsor, aid

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Historical Examples of altruist

  • 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

Word Origin and History for altruist


1842, from French; see altruism + -ist.

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