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I'm trying to find a word to describe someone who is willing to sacrifice others to reach a goal for the greater good. I don't want to use self sacrifice as the character I'm trying to write about does not plan on giving themselves up, but I also don't think I can use self interest because this character cares about more than themselves.

Is there even a word for this? If not, is there a phrase that I might be able to use to describe this character's intentions?

  • "greater good" makes me think of utilitaristic – as4s4hetic Aug 23 '17 at 23:31
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Cold-blooded? Ruthless? Callous? Machiavellian? There are several words you could use as descriptors or epithets, but I don't believe there's a single word that encapsulates that concept.

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From: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/utilitarian

utilitarian

adjective

2: Philosophy Relating to or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.

‘a utilitarian theorist’

noun

Philosophy

An adherent of utilitarianism.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism

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