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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n altruism the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Altruism Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; -- opposed to egoism or selfishness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n altruism A term first employed by the French philosopher Comte to denote the benevolent instincts and emotions in general, or action prompted by them: the opposite of egoism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Altruism al′trōō-ism the principle of living and acting for the interest of others
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  • Aneurin Bevan
    “I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. altruisme,a word of Comte's), It. altrui, of or to others, fr. L. alter, another
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. altruisme, formed by Comte from It. altrui—L. alter, another.


In literature:

In the ebb and flow of life every generation sees its waves of altruism washing in.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
This young man was anxious to oblige, but altruism had its limits.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
This project was heralded far and wide as a notable achievement, a conspicuous example of the growing altruism of business.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
Altruism owes its existence to the obscure recognition that we are parts of a united organism, humanity.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
Thus were concluded the prolegomena to that great act of altruism which was to crown the day.
"Mad Shepherds" by L. P. Jacks
The sex attraction is practically inconsistent with altruism, and the measure of renunciation is inversely the measure of affection.
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby
What are the instruments for securing the preponderance of Altruism?
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
The best will be when we bring about a union of the religious devotion of the East with the altruism of the West.
"Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier" by T. L. Pennell
Altruism, it seemed, had no conflict with dialectic materialism.
"Assassin" by Jesse Franklin Bone
We need one with education, and altruism, one with the dream, as you call it.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
In the gentleman intellectual altruism and moral appreciativeness are large elements.
"Letters from a Father to His Son Entering College" by Charles Franklin Thwing
Agnosticism, Secularism, Spiritualism, and Altruism had not come into existence.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
As it was, he saw perfectly that altruism was no sound basis for matrimony.
"Come Out of the Kitchen!" by Alice Duer Miller
They were themselves and no one else, and were not diseased with theories or a morbid altruism that is based on dependence.
"My First Book:" by Various
But the instances of such altruism are exceedingly rare.
"The Itching Palm" by William R Scott
Was that worthy of one who prided himself on his altruism?
"John Marsh's Millions" by Charles Klein
Altruism, 167, 214, 583.
"Maxims and Reflections" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People who are engaged to be married should show a very special altruism toward people who are not.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
The third is accomplished by giving way to the instincts of unselfish love and altruism.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Proposed Age Limit Is Hollow Altruism.
It could be as much newfound altruism as it is peer pressure.
Tillman to confront product of his altruism in Loyola's Hawkins.
Pharaoh 's heart, Lot's daughters, Noah's altruism, and wicked witches.
Extraordinary Measures is a heaping and palatable dose of showbiz altruism.
A Doctor Muses On The Selfishness Of Altruism.
The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines altruism as the "unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others".
"There's quite a bit of altruism among San Franciscans," he says, "but this is not as easy as we thought.".
Hamilton, whose work on the genetic basis for altruism inspired both Dr Dawkins's book "The Selfish Gene" and E.
His altruism hasn't gone unnoticed.
Altruism in the glue of society, the "social capital" that binds human and financial capital.
Just like humans, our primate relatives grapple with issues of dominance, family organization, reciprocation, competition and altruism.
We are trying to screen for culture and need to develop interview questions that tell us whether a job candidate will embrace teamwork and altruism, possess a self-depreciating demeanor and yet take their work seriously.
Selfishness and Altruism in The Road.
Bouncer Ponders the Altruism of Buying Drinks at Dave's.

In science:

Altruism elicits in humans very powerful and diverse feelings.
Cooperation Evolution in Random Multiplicative Environments
Lize et al. (2006) Kin discrimination and altruism in the larvae of a solitary insect.
Evolutionary game dynamics in phenotype space
Grafen (2004) Altruism via kin-selection strategies that rely on arbitrary tags with which they coevolve.
Evolutionary game dynamics in phenotype space
Jansen, M. van Baalen (2006) Altruism through beard chromodynamics.
Evolutionary game dynamics in phenotype space
Axelrod (2006) Evolution of contingent altruism when cooperation is expensive.
Evolutionary game dynamics in phenotype space
Altruism among nonrelatives: alternatives to the ’Prisoner ’s Dilemma’‘.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Strong altruism can evolve in randomly formed groups.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Self-recognition, color signals, and cycles of greenbeard mutualism and altruism.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Again, the puzzling phenomenon of altruism, which prohibits an agent from leaving a social cluster even though this might come at the cost of the agent has been studied in light of the spin glass like model proposed by us (Shafee 2009b).
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
However, has two other methods of mitigating cascading failures, namely survivability and reciprocal altruism.
Topological Analysis and Mitigation Strategies for Cascading Failures in Power Grid Networks
We investigate properties of these games, and analyze the implications of altruism and selfishness for general situations, for prisoner’s dilemma, and for a specific game with a Cobb-Douglas utility.
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness
In contrast, many forms of cooperation involve altruism, in which individuals subjugate their interests to those of the group.
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness
Given a subset utility function, as defined in section III, one may compute metrics of altruism aA and selfish contribution cA for each subset of players A.
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness
The highlights of this section include metrics for altruism and selfish contributions (Definition 2), the idea of a cooperation space, and additivity properties.
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness
Altruism and Selfishness Definition 2 Let A, B ⊂ T be disjoint coalitions.
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness