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Someone who helps another in need for compassionate motives and with no thought of reward.



From the Biblical parable, Luke 10:30/33 (King James Version):

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead... But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.

The figurative use of the term began in the 17th century. In 1649, Peter Chamberlen published a book entitled The Poore Mans Advocate, or, Englands Samaritan.

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