good works

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

  • 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.

  • So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

  • 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