salt of the earth
- an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.
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Related Words for salt of the earthproper, principled, righteous, noble, moralistic, trustworthy, renowned, illustrious, eminent, well-known, distinguished, prominent, esteemed, satisfying, worthwhile, admirable, reliable, excellent, desirable, valuable
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salt of the Earth
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.”