(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. altruist, philanthropist, Samaritan, do-gooder. —adj. altruistic, generous, benevolent.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. compassionate, philanthropic, public-spirited, altruistic; see generous 1 , humane 1 , kind , philanthropic .
See Synonym Study at philanthropic . n.
Syn. altruist, helper, benefactor, good Samaritan; see patron 1 , philanthropist .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
good Samaritan, philanthropist, do-gooder, 'Robin Hood, altruist, benefactor.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Concerned with human welfare and the alleviation of suffering: charitable, compassionate, human, humane, merciful. See ATTITUDE, KIND.

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