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selflessness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n selflessness acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity
    • n selflessness the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Selflessness Quality or state of being selfless.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n selflessness Freedom from selfishness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Selflessness freedom from selfishness
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Quotations

  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony%20Robbins
    “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
  • Montel Williams
    Montel Williams
    “If you're in a relationship and you want to make it work, you have to be a little selfless at times.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.”
  • Ogunlela Olu
    Ogunlela Olu
    “Selflessness = Greatness”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.

Usage

In literature:

He spoke of selflessness, quixotic quests, literature, and wonder.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
They reproached him with the selflessness that made him somewhat languid.
"The Rhythm of Life" by Alice Meynell
Jane Withersteen was the incarnation of selflessness.
"Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey
To Lincoln in his selfless temper, it was Only a detail in his problem of getting the army into action.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
To seem selfless is but your particular way of cultivating the perfection of self.
"Saint's Progress" by John Galsworthy
What she said was undoubtedly noble and selfless.
"The Elusive Pimpernel" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
At first, in desperation, he had been selfless enough to hope that Schilsky would return, on learning what had happened.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
Somewhere beneath his actions she felt a selfless willingness to throw himself away.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
Bigger, and selfless things called to him.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
His selfless love for the girl touched her more than she had thought it possible for anything now to touch her worldly heart.
"From Out the Vasty Deep" by Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
Selfless to the last, she thought but for my loneliness.
"Annie Besant" by Annie Besant
All were honest and respected business men, pledged to serve the city faithfully and selflessly.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
She has caught the spirit of her Son, the spirit of selfless offering to the will of God.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
Selflessness patient, judgment even-handed And spirit calmly fair!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101. October 17, 1891" by Various
Perhaps he was simply gaining time to suppress the emotions which the selflessness of the other had inspired.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
His love for her, humble, triumphant, diffident, passionate, impatient by turns, now exacting, now selfless, possessed him entirely.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
Except for a minute or two I've thought clean and selfless about Louis.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
She had been sexless and selfless.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
It was a big, kind, selfless tenderness that grew from day to day.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
His wife was, and is, one of the noblest and most selfless beings on earth.
"Edgar Saltus: The Man" by Marie Saltus
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In poetry:

a spherical dew-drop of life. Unlovely
monsters, our tales believe, can be translated
too, even as water, the selfless mother
of all especials.
"River Profile" by W H Auden
The eyeless labourer in the night,
the selfless, shapeless seed I hold,
builds for its resurrection day---
silent and swift and deep from sight
foresees the unimagined light.
"Woman To Man" by Judith Wright

In news:

The Gehrings, owners of Buck's A&W have given selflessly to the community of Port Orchard.
She's even more grateful for the selfless acts of dog-lovers in the Winnipeg community.
SJP and Matthew's Selfless Toiling Just Might Bag This Election for Obama.
It's really a simple, selfless wish, considering most children her age desire electronics or toys this holiday season.
Every day they deliver on our mission to care expertly and selflessly for those in need.
Apex Awards spotlight selfless leaders.
A Vian woman who was killed at sea during superstorm Sandy will be remembered as caring and selfless, a family friend said.
The selfless domestique takes over when the leader crashes.
4th grader fights brain tumor with wishes, selflessness.
British soldiers and military dogs gathered at a British army barracks Thursday to honor a fallen hero with selfless courage, nerves of steel - and four legs.
Breast cancer survivor receives gift for selflessness.
Breast cancer survivor receives gift for selflessness.
Year after year, I give up time with my family and friends to dedicate myself to the selfless task of being a judge in the New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival at Custom House Square.
I believe it can be summed up in a single word: selflessness .
Selflessness can be expressed in relatively ordinary ways, like recycling or conserving energy.
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