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good Samaritan

Definition:

a person who voluntarily offers help or sympathy in times of trouble

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

good Samaritans

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Good Samaritan

Etymology:

After the Samaritan passerby in the New Testament parable who was the only...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Cambridge Dictionary:

Samaritan [entry 1] | a good Samaritan | good Samaritan | the Samaritans | Samaritans

"a good Samaritan": someone who gives help to people who need it | "the Samaritans": [singular + singular or plural verb] in the UK, an organization ... (25 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/samaritan 1

Random House Dictionary:

good Samaritan | Good Samaritan

a person who gratuitously gives help or sympathy to those in distress. Luke 10:30-37. (14 of 19 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/good-samaritan

New World Dictionary:

good Samaritan

a person who pities and helps another or others unselfishly: see Luke 10:30-37 (13 of 15 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/good-samaritan

Wikipedia:

Parable of the Good Samaritan

a parable told by Jesus and is mentioned in only one of the gospels of the New Testament. According to the Gospel of Luke a traveller is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man... (50 of 5028 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Parable of the Good Samaritan

Collins Dictionary:

Good Samaritan

[New Testament] a figure in one of Christ's parables (Luke 10:30-37) who is an example of compassion towards those in distress | a kindly person who ... (25 of 466 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/good-samaritan

Oxford Dictionary:

Samaritan | Good Samaritan | the Samaritans | Samaritanism [derived]

(usually "Good Samaritan") : a charitable or helpful person (with reference to Luke 10:33) | a member of a people inhabiting Samaria in biblical ... (23 of 174 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Samaritan

Merriam-Webster:

Samaritan

a native or inhabitant of samaria | a person who is generous in helping those in distress (16 of 82 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/samaritan

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Good Samaritan [countable] | Good Samaritans [plural]

a person who helps someone they do not know who is in trouble (13 of 62 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Good-Samaritan

American Heritage Dictionary:

Good Samaritan

A compassionate person who unselfishly helps others. (7 of 37 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/good-samaritan

Wiktionary:

Good Samaritan | Good Samaritans [plural]

[Bible] The subject of a particular New Testament parable. | A person who gives help or sympathy to someone in distress. (20 of 21 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Good Samaritan

Encarta Dictionary:

Good Samaritan | Good Samaritans [plural]

a helper of those who are in trouble (8 of 35 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861691045​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

Good Samaritan

Origin: After the Samaritan passerby in the New Testament parable who was the only person to aid a man who had been beaten and robbed (Luke 10:30-37).

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/good-samaritan

Encarta Dictionary:

Good Samaritan | Good Samaritans [plural]

Origin: the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), who helps a stranger beaten by robbers

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861691045​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Good Samaritan [countable] | Good Samaritans [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Good Samaritan"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Good-Samaritan

Macmillan American Dictionary:

Good Samaritan [countable] | Good Samaritans [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Good Samaritan"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/Good-Samaritan

YourDictionary Audio:

good Samaritan

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "good Samaritan" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/good-samaritan

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