Lady Bountiful


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lady bountiful

n
an ostentatiously charitable woman
[after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)]

La′dy Boun′tiful



n., pl. Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful.
1. a wealthy lady in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1707), noted for her kindness and generosity.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity.
References in classic literature ?
I recalled her as an energetic, autocratic personality, somewhat inclined to charitable and social notoriety, with a fondness for opening bazaars and playing the Lady Bountiful.
Lester rejected the condescending Lady Bountiful model that had characterized Victorian philanthropy and instead, following a girlhood epiphany, sought to remake society in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount.
But then Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, wearing her Lady Bountiful cloak, announced that Germany would accept as many as wanted to come.
Whether you're playing Lady Bountiful or being treated today's gesture is really about love.
Cameron was playing Lady Bountiful with our money at a point when the public purse was not just empty, but things were having to be put back at the supermarket till because we couldn't pay for them.
He was paying for his extravagance with a mixture of his elderly mother Hannah's money - he calls her Lady Bountiful - and, essentially defrauding credit card companies and banks.
When exposed she had the brass neck to play Lady Bountiful by making a song and dance of returning pounds 25,000.
EVERY year in July and August I do the Lady Bountiful thing - distributing courgettes and runner beans to my colleagues.
ONCE again the Duchess of York, looking sleeker than ever, is on our screens playing Lady Bountiful on a Manchester estate, thinking that her brand of fine living can sort out the problems of ordinary people in two weeks.
And then, again, the late Miss Ryland acted the part of Lady Bountiful so graciously; doing good by stealth, and keenly sensitive lest her actions should be made public.
In a final chapter on "the Impulse to Charity," Diefendorf depicts the creative contributions of five Parisian women to the charitable works of the early seventeenth-century: Marguerite de Silly, who was no mere aristocratic Lady Bountiful permitting Vincent de Paul to carry out his work, but rather an active collaborator in furthering the work of religious instruction of the poor through the Confraternities of Charity (p.