one who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress.
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How to use good Samaritan in a sentence
Thanks Rovell for pointing that out, all part of being a good Samaritan, right?Porn Stars Are People Too, Dammit: Lisa Ann’s Notre Dame Date and the Trolling of David Gregory | Aurora Snow | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In one of my homicides, I had one wonderful witness, a legit good Samaritan with 20-20 vision and photographic memory.
Hence, the need for more “good Samaritan” laws that protect people who call for help when someone is overdosing.Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman | Valerie Vande Panne | February 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She flagged down the Irvine bus and spoke to an unidentified good Samaritan, who brought her to her office and called the police.The Princess & the Peon: Saudi Royal’s Slave Labor Charges | Eliza Shapiro, Christine Pelisek | July 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
An anonymous good Samaritan offered to pay for the funerals of all the victims, she said.
He was a good Samaritan and unafraid, who is affectionately remembered by a grateful foe.Historic Fredericksburg | John T. Goolrick
I came upon your little daughter not long since playing the part of the good Samaritan to Raulsburys poor old horse.Three Little Women | Gabrielle E. Jackson
The words and the expressions on the countenances of the others caused the truth to flash upon the good Samaritan.The Phantom of the River | Edward S. Ellis
We can thus understand the point of the local saying, "It is time for a good Samaritan to come."The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
Revolutionary socialism is the good Samaritan of the despoiled and wounded laborer.Communism and Christianism | William Montgomery Brown
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for Good Samaritan
In one of the parables of Jesus, the only one of several passersby to come to the aid of a Jew (see also Jews) 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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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