follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

selfless

[self-lis] /ˈsɛlf lɪs/
adjective
1.
having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.
Origin of selfless
1815-1825
1815-25; self + -less
Related forms
selflessly, adverb
selflessness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for selflessness
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He knew her innate gentleness, the selflessness of her disposition, but he knew also that there was a limit to all things.

  • My life work will be to drag him down from his pinnacle of selflessness!

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • So it will be your own greed, your own selflessness that will eventually win or lose this battle.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • Then he was no longer to value the humility and modesty attached to selflessness.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • True happiness is in selflessness, in the furore of lovers, whom Plato calls happiest of all.

  • You have given me belief in purity and selflessness and hope of achievement.

    Katrine Elinor Macartney Lane
British Dictionary definitions for selflessness

selfless

/ˈsɛlflɪs/
adjective
1.
having little concern for one's own interests
Derived Forms
selflessly, adverb
selflessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for selflessness

selfless

adj.

"devoted to others' welfare or interest and not one's own," 1825, from self + -less. First attested in Coleridge. Related: Selflessly; selflessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for selfless

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for selflessness

15
18
Scrabble Words With Friends