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 for altruism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Altruism \Al"tru*ism\, n. [F. altruisme (a word of Comte's), It.
     altrui of or to others, fr. L. alter another.]
     Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the
     interests of others; brotherly kindness; -- opposed to
     egoism or selfishness. [Recent] --J. S. Mill.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
           [syn: altruism, selflessness] [ant: egocentrism,
           egoism, self-centeredness, self-concern, self-

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  57 Moby Thesaurus words for "altruism":
     BOMFOG, Benthamism, Christian charity, Christian love, agape,
     beneficence, benevolence, benevolent disposition, benevolentness,
     bigheartedness, brotherly love, caritas, charitableness, charity,
     commitment, consecration, dedication, devotion, disinterest,
     disinterestedness, do-goodism, flower power, generosity, giving,
     goodwill, grace, greatheartedness, humaneness, humanitarianism,
     humanity, humility, largeheartedness, love, love of mankind,
     modesty, philanthropism, philanthropy, sacrifice, self-abasement,
     self-abnegation, self-denial, self-devotion, self-effacement,
     self-forgetfulness, self-immolation, self-neglect,
     self-neglectfulness, self-renouncement, self-sacrifice,
     self-subjection, selflessness, unacquisitiveness, unpossessiveness,
     unselfishness, utilitarianism, welfarism, well-disposedness

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