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"Egoísta" is an adjective which is often translated as "selfish", and "altruista" is an adjective which is often translated as "altruistic". Learn more about the difference between "egoísta" and "altruista" below.
egoísta(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (caring only for yourself)
a. selfish
No seas egoísta, Andy. Quiero que compartas con tu hermano.Don't be selfish, Andy. I want you to share with your brother.
b. egotistical
La gente egoísta generalmente no ayuda a la comunidad.Egotistical people usually don't help out their community.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (egotist)
a. selfish person
Es un egoísta; si no puede sacar provecho de algo, no lo hace.He is a selfish person; if he won't benefit from something, he doesn't do it.
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altruista(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (selfless)
a. altruistic
Dada tu posición y riqueza, deberías asumir una actitud más altruista hacia los necesitados.Given your position and wealth, you should adopt a more altruistic attitude towards those in need.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (selfless person)
a. altruist
Un grupo de altruistas financia el concierto de música clásica para la obra benéfica.The classical concert is financed by a group of altruists for the charity.
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