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[al-troo-ist] /ˈæl tru ɪst/
a person unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoist).
Origin of altruist
1865-70; < French altruiste; see altruism, -ist
Related forms
hyperaltruist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jerris the First was neither a power-mad dictator nor an altruist, although he had been called both.

    The Unnecessary Man Gordon Randall Garrett
  • If I had your altruist emotional temperament, I should not hesitate for a moment.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I am afraid that I am not enough of an altruist to care so definitely about the morals of a race unborn.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • On our knees the egotist must die, and the altruist be born.

  • Egoists (with even thinner and weaker voices) denounce Him as an altruist.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • 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
  • 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.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • People have tried to make him out an ordinary philanthropist, or ranked him as an altruist with the scientific and sentimental.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • But both egoist and altruist are philosophical abstractions.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Word Origin and History for altruist

1842, from French; see altruism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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