• synonyms


See more synonyms for altruistic on Thesaurus.com
  1. unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic).
  2. Animal Behavior. of or relating to behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, often its close relatives.
Show More

Origin of altruistic

First recorded in 1850–55; altru(ism) + -istic
Related formsal·tru·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·al·tru·is·tic, adjectivenon·al·tru·is·tic, adjectivenon·al·tru·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb


See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com


Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for altruistically

Historical Examples

  • Selfishly, altruistically, the story was the thing for him to do.

    To Him That Hath

    Leroy Scott

  • But the girl he saw from the car window—did she also appeal to him altruistically?

  • The three women fell to wrangling, altruistically, of course, over the two front seats.

  • The lieutenant, being young himself, was not so cautiously and altruistically apprehensive.

    The Storm Centre

    Charles Egbert Craddock

Word Origin and History for altruistically



1853, from French altruiste (adj.), from altruisme (see altruism) + -ic.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper