Acts of charity, kindness, or good will, as in She spent much of her life in doing good works, especially for the homeless. This expression, also put as good work, originally had the theological meaning of an act of piety. Today it is used in a more general context. [c. a.d. 1000]
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How to use good works in a sentence
Well known for his inability to say no to worthy causes, Palmer has always been a whirlwind of good works.
Her good works felt religious, but she wasn't religious in a conventional way.
As a result of these good works, Chibok gained local prominence.
The primary focus of Sunday school was on the sins we might commit, rather than the good works we might perform.
One day, he would like to see an atheist network capable of good works and charity on the scale of established religions.
Christians are always boasting of the wonderful good works wrought by their religion.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
And those good works include the keeping of the covenant, by Covenanting and fulfilling the engagements made.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
She was an honourable and well-meaning woman, who had found her own sphere in active good works among the poor of Thetford.Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
"Unfortunately, the people do not remember good works so easily," Lafayette answered.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner