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good Samaritan

or Good Samaritan

a person who gratuitously gives help or sympathy to those in distress. Luke 10:30–37.
Origin of good Samaritan
1840-50 Unabridged
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  • I used not to think much of the story of the good Samaritan, but I believe in it now.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Perhaps the good Samaritan was lean and lank, and found it hard to live.

  • You have been a good Samaritan to me,” she said quietly, “and I am really very grateful.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The man was badly hurt, but it was no time for Peter to be playing the good Samaritan.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • I was as badly off as ever—and then entered the good Samaritan!

    From Pillar to Post John Kendrick Bangs
  • You ought to know who I am before you begin the good Samaritan stunt.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for good Samaritan

Good Samaritan

(New Testament) a figure in one of Christ's parables (Luke 10:30–37) who is an example of compassion towards those in distress
a kindly person who helps another in difficulty or distress
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Good Samaritan [(suh-mar-uh-tuhn)]

In one of the parables of Jesus, the only one of several passersby to come to the aid of a Jew who had been robbed, beaten, and left to die on the roadside. The kindness of the Samaritan was particularly admirable because Jews and Samaritans (i.e., people of Samaria) were generally enemies. Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to answer a man who had asked him, “Who is my neighbor?” He forced his questioner to admit that the Samaritan was the true neighbor of the man who had been robbed.

Note: Figuratively, “Good Samaritans” are persons who go out of their way to perform acts of kindness to others, especially strangers.
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Idioms and Phrases with good Samaritan

good Samaritan

A compassionate person who unselfishly helps others, as in In this neighborhood you can't count on a good Samaritan if you get in trouble. This expression alludes to Jesus's parable about a Samaritan who rescues and cares for a stranger who had been robbed and badly hurt and had been ignored by a priest and a Levite (Luke 10:30–35). The Samaritans were considered a heretical group by other Jews, so by using a Samaritan for the parable, Jesus chose a person whom his listeners would find least likely to be worthy of concern. [ c. 1600 ]
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