Good Samaritan


Example Sentences

We had a flat tire on the highway but fortunately a Good Samaritan stopped to help us change it.

Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Good Samaritan was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Good Samaritan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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

History and Etymology for Good Samaritan

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

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