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View synonyms for salt of the earth

salt of the earth

noun

  1. an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.


salt of the Earth

  1. Basic, fundamental goodness; the phrase can be used to describe any simple, good person: “I like Mary: she's reliable, trustworthy, and straightforward; she's the salt of the Earth.” In the Sermon on the Mount , Jesus tells his followers, who are mainly fishermen and other simple people, “Ye are the salt of the Earth.”


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Word History and Origins

Origin of salt of the earth1

1350–1400; Middle English; after Matthew 5:13
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Example Sentences

Against O'Donnell's salt-of-the-earth presentation, Coons was aloof.

Leno has staked his claim to the working-class, salt-of-the-earth demographic.

The new salt-of-the earth star of the political reality show, Joe, even showed up after the debate with Katie Couric on CBS News.

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