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  1. having or showing an unselfish interest in the public welfare: a public-spirited citizen.
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Origin of public-spirited

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formspub·lic-spir·it·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for public-spirited

patriotic, humanitarian, altruistic, charitable, humane, philanthropic, good, beneficent, benevolent, big-hearted, bountiful, eleemosynary, generous, gracious, helpful, kind, kindhearted, liberal, magnanimous, munificent

Examples from the Web for public-spirited

Historical Examples of public-spirited

  • All it needs is a public-spirited resident to help it along.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • There's other public-spirited folks in Denboro as well as you.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The schoolhouse and the books might be accepted as a public-spirited effort to do their part.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • Though not again in public life, he was always a public-spirited citizen.

  • The general opinion of him was that he was a public-spirited and kind-hearted man.

    A Girl of the Commune

    George Alfred Henty

British Dictionary definitions for public-spirited


  1. having or showing active interest in public welfare or the good of the community
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