Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1The belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.‘some may choose to work with vulnerable elderly people out of altruism’
unselfishness, selflessness, self-sacrifice, self-denialView synonyms
- ‘The free sharing of information has nothing to do with altruism or a specific anti-authoritarian social vision.’
- ‘Certainly no one should imagine media corporations are suddenly guided by selfless altruism.’
- ‘It is not altruism that is at work here; it is globalisation.’
- ‘Patients who take part in trials do so at least partly from altruism.’
- ‘Most health professionals are motivated by altruism and concern for patients' best interests.’
- ‘Hiking fanatics can mix self-gratification with altruism by trekking through the wilderness for charity this weekend.’
- ‘My grandmother, who is in an excellent state home, is of an age group who have shown a level of altruism and self-sacrifice that beggars belief.’
- ‘Both had their critics, but none of their detractors would doubt their altruism and social commitment.’
- ‘The degree to which a society values altruism, known as social responsibility norms, can also have an effect.’
- ‘Naturally, Asian governments are not acting out of pure altruism - even though in many cases they could get a better return on their investment at home.’
- ‘It brought out the very best in people: altruism, tolerance, noble-mindedness, and openness to others.’
- ‘There have been far too many acts of generosity and altruism to list.’
- ‘These enlightened and evolved people believe in altruism, idealism, and activism.’
- ‘The notions of duty and altruism are vital for a tolerant, healthy society.’
- ‘I argued at the time altruism was being discussed that there is no pure altruism.’
- ‘The fans are not altogether convinced by his altruism.’
- ‘It can't be easy for people to leave home and come to a new place, even when the people in the new place are full of altruism and eagerness to help.’
- ‘He should have such virtues as compassion, love, generosity, and altruism.’
- ‘Misguided though this might have been, my grandfather was motivated by altruism and a deep belief in human dignity.’
- ‘It is as much corporate self-interest as corporate altruism.’
- 1.1Zoology Behavior of an animal that benefits another at its own expense.
- ‘Are there any other animal examples of this type of social structure where altruism seems to play a part?’
- ‘The book ends with an incisive analysis of animal altruism.’
- ‘A phenomenon that has been well studied in birds is altruism.’
- ‘Yet systems of reciprocal altruism do emerge in various social species, even among us humans.’
- ‘Although this is not biological altruism, it is very close to it.’
Mid 19th century: from French altruisme, from Italian altrui ‘somebody else’, from Latin alteri huic ‘to this other’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.