Definition of unselfish in English:

unselfish

adjective

  • Willing to put the needs or wishes of others before one's own.

    ‘unselfish devotion’
    • ‘In fact, the liturgy should consider unselfish love and joyful praise as the most important element of liturgical service.’
    • ‘Each power insisted that empire building was, in part, unselfish, even noble.’
    • ‘He's a generous, unselfish actor at the best of times and here, at the worst of times, he does not appear to mind having his scenes stolen by a rabbit and a bird.’
    • ‘This year they are paying tribute to Marion Donoghue for her unselfish work and assistance to the association during the past years.’
    • ‘Sr Mary's unselfish life touched so many people in so very many ways and her passing leaves an emptiness that can never be filled.’
    • ‘She thanked the men and women of the Irish Defence Forces for their courage, dedication and unselfish humanity.’
    • ‘Given her record of altruism and unselfish service to the Irish people we can be sure that is what she would wish.’
    • ‘Not only may they do better if the person carrying them is unselfish, altruistic, and principled, but it is easy to see why this should be so.’
    • ‘His unselfish and noble virtues have earned him huge respect across all shades of political opinion.’
    • ‘Now suppose that voters behave as unselfish, disinterested judges of what is best.’
    • ‘She described him as not perfect, yet unselfish, as loving with a marvelous sense of humor and a great intellect.’
    • ‘Absolute unity and unselfish leadership are two pressing imperatives stressed by many participants at the seminar.’
    • ‘An Irish citizen has never been president, and it will also make you look unselfish, noble and statesman-like.’
    • ‘Kamil was a clean-living man with high moral values and he was completely unselfish, caring and gentle.’
    • ‘Never in my wildest column-writing fantasies did I imagine a response so generous and unselfish.’
    • ‘The truth that von Trier seeks in his work is realised in this performance, which affects the whole cast with an unselfish generosity.’
    • ‘Sisters Rutter and Hyde were later awarded an MBE each for their unselfish devotion and care.’
    • ‘It inspires others by its unselfish example and holds out hope of even more effective public action in days to come.’
    • ‘The point is, these people gave of themselves in such unselfish ways and cared enough to point me in the right direction.’
    • ‘Are they snotty suburban materialists or caring and unselfish community leaders?’
    altruistic, disinterested, selfless, self-denying, self-forgetting, self-sacrificing
    generous, philanthropic, public-spirited, humanitarian, humane, charitable, compassionate, benevolent, caring, kind, considerate, open-handed, magnanimous, liberal, unsparing, ungrudging, unstinting, decent, noble
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Pronunciation:

unselfish

/ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ/