Regard vs Altruism - What's the difference?

regard | altruism |

As nouns the difference between regard and altruism

is that regard is a steady look, a gaze while altruism is regard for others, both natural and moral without regard for oneself; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; selflessness–opposed to egoism or selfishness.

As a verb regard

is to set store by (something), to hold (someone) in esteem; to consider to have value, to respect.



Alternative forms

* (all obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) reguard, reguarde, from early (etyl) regard, from , from (etyl) reguarder. Attested in Middle English starting around the mid 14th century. Compare guard'', ''reward .


(en noun)
  • A steady look, a gaze.
  • * 1982 , (Lawrence Durrell), Constance'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 750:
  • He bathed in the memory of her blondness, of her warm blue regard , and the sentiment permeated his sensibility with tenderness made the more rich because its object was someone long since dead.
  • One's concern for another; esteem.
  • * 1842 , Treuttel and Würtz, The Foreign Quarterly Review , page 144:
  • This attempt will be made with every regard to the difficulty of the undertaking[...].
  • * 1903 , Kentucky Mines and Minerals Dept, Annual Report , page 186:
  • We are spending a lot of money trying to put this mine in shape; we are anxious to comply with the wishes of your office in every regard [...].
  • * 1989 , Leonard W. Poon, David C. Rubin, Barbara A. Wilson, Everyday Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life , Cambridge University Press, page 399:
  • These problems were not traditional problems with realistic stimuli, but rather were realistic in every regard .
    Derived terms
    * disregard * in regard * regardable

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) regarder, from (etyl) reguarder. First attested in late Middle English, circa the early 15th century.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To set store by (something), to hold (someone) in esteem; to consider to have value, to respect.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke XVIII:
  • There was a Judge in a certaine cite, which feared not god nether regarded man.
  • To look at; to observe.
  • She regarded us warily.
  • To consider, look upon (something) in a given way etc.
  • I always regarded tabloid journalism as a social evil.
    He regards honesty as a duty.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Your niece regards me with an eye of favour.
  • * Macaulay
  • His associates seem to have regarded him with kindness.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 5 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.}}
  • (archaic) To take notice of, pay attention to.
  • * Shakespeare
  • If much you note him, / You offend him; feed, and regard him not.
  • To face toward.
  • * Sandys
  • It is a peninsula, which regardeth the main land.
  • * John Evelyn
  • that exceedingly beautiful seat of my Lord Pembroke, on the ascent of a hill, flanked with wood, and regarding the river
  • To have to do with, to concern.
  • That argument does not regard the question.
  • *
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * regarder * regardless * self-regarding




    * ----



    (en noun)
  • Regard for others, both natural and moral without regard for oneself; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; selflessness; contrasted with egoism or selfishness .
  • *, chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The preposterous altruism too!
  • * 1995 , George E. Vaillant, The Wisdom of the Ego , page 68,
  • Altruism' allows doing for others as one would be done by. Unlike reaction formation, which also gives to the object what the self desires, '''altruism''' leaves the self at least partly gratified. Unlike reaction formation, '''altruism''' tempers asceticism with pleasure. Unlike passive aggression and martyrdom, '''altruism''' allows the object to feel blessed and not afflicted. ' Altruism attracts people to the user; martyrdom repels them even as it holds them close in chains.
  • (biology, sociobiology) Action or behaviour that benefits another or others at some cost to the performer.
  • * 2013 December 24, Laura Spinney, Goodwill hunting: Random ants of kindness'', ''(New Scientist) ,
  • Altruism' is a behaviour of an individual that benefits another at its own expense.Being nice to relatives is not pure ' altruism because they share your genes so, by helping them, you promote your own genetic heritage.


    * (regard for others) philanthropy * (action benefiting others at cost to oneself) philanthropy


    * (regard for others) egoism, misanthropy (hatred of human race), selfishness

    See also

    * agape (spiritual love for others) * bell the cat * brotherly love * misandry (hatred of males) * misogyny (hatred of females) * selflessness