1》 (usu. good Samaritan) a charitable or helpful person (with reference to Luke 10:33).
2》 a member of a people inhabiting Samaria in biblical times, or of the modern community claiming descent from them.
3》 the dialect of Aramaic formerly spoken in Samaria.
4》 (the Samaritans) (in the UK) an organization which counsels those in distress, mainly through a telephone service.
adjective relating to Samaria or the Samaritans.
Samaritanism noun
from late L. Samaritanus, from Gk Samareitēs, from Samareia 'Samaria'.

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  • Samaritan — ► NOUN 1) a member of a people inhabiting Samaria, an ancient city and region of Palestine, in biblical times. 2) (good Samaritan) a charitable or helpful person. [ORIGIN: with biblical reference to the story of the Samaritan who helped a man in… …   English terms dictionary

  • Samaritan — noun aid, aider, altruist, assister, befriender, benefactor, champion, defender, friend, good neighbor, help, helper, helping hand, kind person, ministering angel, ministrant, patron, philanthropist, protector, savior, succorer, sympathizer, well …   Law dictionary

  • Samaritan — O.E., inhabitant of Samaria, a district of Palestine, from L.L. Samaritanus, from Gk. Samareia (see SAMARIA (Cf. Samaria)). Figurative use with reference to the good Samaritan is first recorded 1630s, from Luke x:33 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Samaritan — [sə mer′ə tən, səmar′ə tən] n. [ME < OE < LL(Ec) Samaritanus < Gr Samareitēs < Samareia, Samaria < Aram shamerayin < Heb shomron] 1. a person born or living in Samaria 2. a person who comes to the aid of another: see GOOD… …   English World dictionary

  • Samaritan — Sa*mar i*tan, a. [L. Samaritanus.] Of or pertaining to Samaria, in Palestine. n. A native or inhabitant of Samaria; also, the language of Samaria. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Samaritan — Not to be confused with Sarmatians. Samaritans redirects here. For the charity, see Samaritans (charity). For other uses, see Samaritan (disambiguation). Samaritans שומרונים Samaritans on the …   Wikipedia

  • Samaritan — n. & adj. n. 1 (in full good Samaritan) a charitable or helpful person (with ref. to Luke 10:33 etc.). 2 a member of an organization which counsels people in distress by telephone or face to face. 3 a native of Samaria in West Jordan . 4 the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • samaritán — a m (ȃ) knjiž. kdor iz usmiljenja, sočutja pomaga bolnemu, onemoglemu človeku: postal je samaritan vsega taborišča; samaritan in človekoljub / usmiljeni samaritan …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • Samaritan — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin samaritanus, noun & adjective, from Greek samaritēs inhabitant of Samaria, from Samaria Date: before 12th century 1. a native or inhabitant of Samaria 2. [from the parable of the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Samaritan — Samaritanism, n. /seuh mar i tn/, n. 1. an inhabitant of Samaria. 2. See good Samaritan. 3. (often l.c.) one who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress. 4. any of the dialects of Aramaic spoken by the Samaritans in ancient Israel… …   Universalium

  • Samaritan — n. a good Samaritan ( a person who helps those in need ) * * * a good Samaritan ( a person who helps those in need ) …   Combinatory dictionary

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