hyperaltruistic

altruistic

[al-troo-is-tik]
adjective
1.
unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic ).
2.
Animal Behavior. of or pertaining to behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, often its close relatives.

Origin:
1850–55; altru(ism) + -istic

altruistically, adverb
hyperaltruistic, adjective
nonaltruistic, adjective
nonaltruistically, adverb


1. charitable, generous, philanthropic; benevolent, unselfish.


1. self-centered, selfish, mean.
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altruistic
1853, from Fr. altruiste (adj.), from altruisme (see altruism).
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