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The giving up of one's own interests or wishes in order to help others or to advance a cause.
self-denial, selflessness, unselfishness, altruism, self-discipline, asceticism, abnegation, self-abnegation, self-deprivation, abstemiousness, abstinence, moderation, austerity, temperance, abstention, renunciationcelibacy, chastityteetotalismcontinenceView synonyms
- ‘Dogs are not noted for their understanding of abstract concepts, and so do not manifest altruism or self-sacrifice in any meaningful sense.’
- ‘I believe they imparted a bottom-line idea of morality derived from self-sacrifice, respect and immutable values.’
- ‘It is about dedication and self-sacrifice to the ideal of national freedom.’
- ‘The market economy invests heavily in and rewards individualism, not self-sacrifice and altruism, the lifeblood of the family.’
- ‘Surely, no flame of piety, idealism, or self-sacrifice could burn in the cold hearts of its citizens.’
- ‘We seem to be confronted in these films by the masochistic pleasure women take in their own self-sacrifice or renunciation.’
- ‘His self-sacrifice and idealism are also in stark contrast to the corruption and cynicism evident in modern Ireland.’
- ‘Increasingly, these seem the desperate words of self-surrender and self-sacrifice.’
- ‘All it's done is remind me that when self-sacrifice is held up as a moral ideal, whatever you give will never be enough.’
- ‘I count some of these amongst my closest friends - people whose self-sacrifice and unselfish love of truth would do credit to any man.’
- ‘Nevertheless, they concede that self-sacrifice must continue to play a role within this ethic of mutuality.’
- ‘A true team has three primary components: unity of purpose, trust and self-sacrifice.’
- ‘Certainly their self-sacrifice is worthy of considerable praise.’
- ‘The idea upon which the whole show was built - self-sacrifice for a higher, artistic ideal - had got lost along the way.’
- ‘Through self-sacrifice we must show people that service of the public is a life-building motivation.’
- ‘He almost undoubtedly saved his wife's life, but the price he paid for this act of bravery and self-sacrifice was horrific.’
- ‘In 1900 the person who displayed altruism and self-sacrifice would simply have been regarded as ‘good’.’
- ‘If that smacks of the antiquated language of retired generals, call it altruism and self-sacrifice.’
- ‘They also stress that self-sacrifice should be motivated by the fight, not to escape personal problems.’
- ‘Try to break your pattern of self-sacrifice and self-sabotage, and stay on the road to good health.’
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