Good Samaritan


Examples of Good Samaritan in a Sentence

We had a flat tire on the highway but fortunately a Good Samaritan stopped to help us change it.
Recent Examples on the Web Tali Shapiro Orange County District Attorney's Office Steve Hodel | Former detective, LAPD: A Good Samaritan, a witness, sees the little girl, the little 8-year-old Tali get in the car. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 14 May 2024 Kansas City Chiefs team doctor Michael Monaco pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving Friday after fatally striking a ‘Good Samaritan’ at the scene of a highway crash in November 2023. Ilana Arougheti, Kansas City Star, 11 May 2024 The dog was spotted in a small cut-out on the side of the mountain by a Good Samaritan during his hike along the preserve. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2024 Seinfeld ended with Jerry, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards) in a jail cell after being found guilty for unknowingly violating a local Good Samaritan law in a small town. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 23 Apr. 2024 Thankfully, a Good Samaritan came to her rescue and took her to a local emergency veterinary hospital. The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 Research indicates states with Good Samaritan laws have lower overdose mortality rates within the first two years of enactment. Jenna Barackman, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Aside from the aforementioned stretches of spoken backstory, the only prolonged verbal interlude comes from Lauren Taylor in a late appearance as a passing Good Samaritan. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 Texas passed a Good Samaritan law in 2021 known as the Jessica Sosa Act. Kaley Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Good Samaritan was in 1843

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“Good Samaritan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

good samaritan

good sa·​mar·​i·​tan
: one who voluntarily renders aid to another in distress although under no duty to do so

from the good Samaritan in the New Testament parable (Luke 10:30–37)

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