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Like someone who donates to charity not because they actually want to donate, but so that they can feel good about themselves.

Is there one specific word to describe that someone? Or is there just not one accurate word for that?

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  • Can say Pseudo when someone pretending to be good. – Swapnil Aug 6 '17 at 6:02
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    I'm not sure what you mean here. If I actually want to donate, why shouldn't I feel good about myself when I do that? – NVZ Aug 6 '17 at 6:07
  • Single word requests require a sample sentence. – Xanne Aug 6 '17 at 6:36

Altruism would be the word for people who put others before them, and donating could be an example, so then egoism is defined as the opposite concept.

Maybe you are looking for the word egotistical or self-interested or disingenuous, if you're looking for an adjective descriptor.

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