selfless

adjective

self·​less ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio)
: having no concern for self : unselfish
selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

Examples of selfless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If Purdy is the selfless ball distributor, Mahomes has been compared with Stephen Curry for his transcendent skill set and is a big admirer of Kobe Bryant in terms of willing a team to victory. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 William, nursing a sick wife, dutifully heads back to the royal front line in the selfless tradition of his late grandmother. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 McKinnon was a star of last year’s Super Bowl, as his selfless slide ahead of the goal line helped the Chiefs ensure a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024 Suspenseful and surprisingly funny, Attachment delves into mythos still largely unexplored in horror while also exploring the nature of selfish and selfless love. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Dec. 2023 The values of Christmas are genuinely put on display, and the guy does something truly selfless at the end of the movie. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2024 There is a new generation of programmers and entrepreneurs coming online, focused on the selfless act of uplifting mental health, education, environmentalism and the foundational challenges affecting our global evolution (or lack thereof). Lyle Maxson, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 He will forever be remembered for his selfless and heroic actions. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024 Her own message conveying her intention to step down eloquently underscores what those who have worked with her have long known — her commitment to the institution and its mission is deep and selfless. Anemona Hartocollis Annie Karni Anemona Hartocollis Dana Goldstein Dana Goldstein Anemona Hartocollis Rob Copeland Rob Copeland Jennifer Schuessler Anemona Hartocollis Sarah Mervosh Dana Goldstein Annie Karni Anna Betts Anna Betts Sean Plambeck The New York Times Anemona Hartocollis Anemona Hartocollis Anemona Hartocollis The New York Times Anemona Hartocollis Anna Betts, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of selfless was in 1651

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“Selfless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfless. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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selfless

adjective
self·​less ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio)
: having no concern for self : unselfish
selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

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