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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 18th August 2017
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altruism (noun) AL-troo-is-um

Selflessness, acting and behaving in the interest of others and the belief that to do is right and proper.

I had wondered once whether that was the reason my father had married her, but that was before I had learned that men are not much given to acts of altruism, and certainly not in sexual matters.

Alice Thomas Ellis, The Clothes in the Wardrobe. Amazon

Why is a different intellect so disrespected? Could it be because our society upholds the wrong values? Do we define success in narrow and superficial terms? Is success really about money and ownership? What about human decency, respect, compassion and even altruism?

Anna Germain, Ontario Hansard - Standing Committee on Social Policy, 1 February 2005. Ontario Hansard

Eventually, the volunteers' altruism turns to bewilderment and finally to outrage. They've been hoodwinked.

Douglas Brinkley. Washington Post, 26 August 2007. Washington Post

Women will always love a hero, according to a study that found females value bravery above altruism when selecting men, whether it is for marriage, an affair, or a platonic relationship.

Robert Uhlig, Telegraph, 8 February 2001. Telegraph

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