Definition of do-gooder in English:

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Pronunciation: /duːˈɡʊdə/


A well-meaning but unrealistic or interfering philanthropist or reformer.
Example sentences
  • But if so, why should council do-gooders interfere?
  • Politicians and middle-class do-gooders have interfered with the balance of a vulnerable sociological ecosystem.
  • The main blame lies with the do-gooders who have interfered by saying you can't smack a child etc.



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Some professors say the imbalance is natural because progressives tend to gather in do-good professions while conservatives gravitate toward traditional careers in business and finance.
  • Others speak of romantic pragmatism as a source of pride and comfort: ‘She had a do-good work ethic toward love.’
  • ‘They are true feel-good and do-good books,’ she said.


Pronunciation: /duːˈɡʊdəri/
Example sentences
  • An image of wholesome do-goodery, of scrubbed cheeks and Norman Rockwell freshness, rose obediently in my mind.
  • All of these books contain the author staggering and swearing his way through the messes of socialism and do-goodery in our country and elsewhere.
  • He is a soldier, for whom sending people out to war, to risk life and limb in the service of do-goodery is a prescription for lots of dead soldiers, limitless commitments, and frustrated hopes.


Example sentences
  • I explain I'm in the market for some do-gooding.
  • One small downside to the couple's do-gooding crusade is the official functions.
  • All this do-gooding has apparently restored Hilton's television career.


Example sentences
  • This is bargain basement Nietzsche and Foucault, admixed with earnest American do-goodism, that still passes for ‘theory’ in much of the academy.
  • And, actually, the roots of this do-goodism are ultimately in New England Puritanism, which had many characteristics associated with today's left.
  • A people more fully in touch with, and respectful of, nature than nearly anyone on Earth has borne the brunt of urbanized environmental do-goodism.

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