Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “altruistic”

See all translations

altruistic

adjective uk   /ˌæl.truˈɪs.tɪk/ us  
showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself: I doubt whether her motives for donating the money are altruistic - she's probably looking for publicity.
altruistically
adverb uk   /-tɪ.kəl.i/ us  
Translations of “altruistic”
in Chinese (Traditional) 利他的,無私心的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 利他的,无私心的…
(Definition of altruistic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of altruistic?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More