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Samaritan

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noun Sa·mar·i·tan \sə-ˈmer-ə-tən\

Definition of Samaritan

  1. 1 :  a native or inhabitant of Samaria

  2. 2 [from the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:30–37] :  a person who is generous in helping those in distress

samaritan adjective often capitalized


Examples of samaritan

  1. A Samaritan called a tow truck for us.



Origin of samaritan

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin samaritanus, noun & adjective, from Greek samaritēs inhabitant of Samaria, from Samaria


First Known Use: before 12th century



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