good Samaritan

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Good Samaritan

A compassionate person who unselfishly helps others, especially strangers.

[After the Samaritan passerby in the New Testament parable who was the only person to aid a man who had been beaten and robbed (Luke 10:30-37).]

Good Samaritan

1. (Bible) New Testament a figure in one of Christ's parables (Luke 10:30–37) who is an example of compassion towards those in distress
2. a kindly person who helps another in difficulty or distress


(or Good′) Samar′itan,

a person who voluntarily gives help to those in distress or need. Luke 10:30–37.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.good Samaritan - a person who voluntarily offers help or sympathy in times of trouble
benefactor, helper - a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
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The die is the same as the porochial seal--the Good Samaritan healing the sick and bruised man.
I'm his good Samaritan, and you'll have to be the same to him if you buy him.
She is a good Samaritan by an irresistible vocation.
He sat writing in the room with the deadly statistical clock, proving something no doubt - probably, in the main, that the Good Samaritan was a Bad Economist.
I have simply done my best to play the Good Samaritan.
Mrs Plornish's father,--a poor little reedy piping old gentleman, like a worn-out bird; who had been in what he called the music- binding business, and met with great misfortunes, and who had seldom been able to make his way, or to see it or to pay it, or to do anything at all with it but find it no thoroughfare,--had retired of his own accord to the Workhouse which was appointed by law to be the Good Samaritan of his district (without the twopence, which was bad political economy), on the settlement of that execution which had carried Mr Plornish to the Marshalsea College.
He was a barrister by profession; a ladies' man by temperament; and a good Samaritan by choice.
They are the good Samaritans that find us robbed of all our dreams by the roadside of life, bleeding and weeping and desolate; and such is their skill and wealth and goodness of heart, that they not only heal up our wounds, but restore to us the lost property of our dreams, on one condition,--that we never travel with them again in the daylight.
But the retreat had been hurried and the vultures and the good Samaritans would have to look to the dead.
Hang it, Tom, if you're going to deprive all our school-fellows of the chance of exercising Christian benevolence and being good Samaritans, I shall cut the concern.
Wouldn't we all like to do what that good Samaritan did whenever we come across someone in dire need?
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