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Feb 6, 2015
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nimrod
via dolorosa
scapegoat
gethsemane
samaritan

The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan
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Samaritan

PRONUNCIATION:
(suh-MAIR-i-tn)

MEANING:
noun: A person who voluntarily helps others in distress.
Also used as: good Samaritan.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 in the New Testament where a Samaritan stopped to help a man who had been injured and robbed, while others passed by. The word Samaritan is from Latin Samaritanus (a resident of Samaria), ultimately from Greek Samareia, Samaria. Earliest documented use: 1000.

USAGE:
“Khan and his band of Samaritans ferried the injured to the Suri Sadar Hospital.”
Amitava Roy; Locals Turn Samaritans at Train Disaster Site; Outlook (New Delhi, India); Jul 20, 2010.

See more usage examples of samaritan in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. -Louis Nizer, lawyer (6 Feb 1902-1994)

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