Do-gooder meaning

do͝ogo͝odər
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A naive idealist who supports philanthropic or humanitarian causes or reforms.
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An idealistic person who seeks to correct social ills.
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Alternative spelling of do-gooder.
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(derogatory) One who advocates or performs what they believe to be the morally superior course of action, even in the face of overwhelming experience or factual evidence that its effect is only irrelevant or harmful.

Prohibition in the United States was an unsuccessful attempt by do-gooders to save people from the dangers of alcohol, whether they wanted to be saved or not.

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Origin of do-gooder

  • From do + good + -er.

    From Wiktionary