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Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 1:27 am
by Ajain
...is there a word or term that means "hurting oneself by helping others"...or basically "because ... helps others so much, they don't take care of themself"?

Thanks!

-Ajain

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 1:53 am
by mongrowl
I don't think this is what you want, but it sounds akin to a phrase now current that "No good deed goes unpunished".

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 2:02 am
by Ken Greenwald
Dear A., That quaint old term SELF-SACRIFICE might come close.

Ken G – May 14, 2005

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 2:44 am
by William Barclay
Martyrdom?

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 3:23 am
by RWalter
Altruism.

NOUN:
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.

Zoology: Instinctive cooperative behavior that is detrimental to the individual but contributes to the survival of the species.

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 4:29 am
by William Barclay
Motherhood?

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 6:50 am
by William Barclay
US Foreign Policy?

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 7:09 am
by spiritus
Sucker?

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 7:10 am
by spiritus
Masochist?

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 7:11 am
by spiritus
Christ-like

Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:57 pm
by richcatt
See Frank Muir's anecdote about his trying to introduce a new word (privy) for WC resulting only in several people being reported as asking "Where's the Frank Muir?"