Good Samaritan (Origin)
What Is the Origin of the Saying "Good Samaritan"?The term "good Samaritan" means someone who helps others without any thought of reward.
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Examples of Use:
- I was saved by a good Samaritan, who put a blanket on me and called an ambulance.
- He's a serial good Samaritan. Every time he sees someone in need, he automatically helps.
- A good Samaritan was killed this morning by a passing truck as he helped a lady whose car had broken down.
From a grammatical perspective, "Samaritan" is written with a capital letter. As it means someone who comes from Samaria, it is a proper noun. (NB: Samaria is the ancient, historic, biblical name used for the central region of the Land of Israel.)