: designed or disposed sometimes impracticably and too zealously toward bettering the conditions under which others live
do-goodism noun

Examples of do-good in a Sentence

a do-good social program that never worked out in the way that was intended
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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of do-good was in 1850

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“Do-good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do-good. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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