Definition of public-spirited in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌpʌblɪkˈspɪrɪtɪd/


Willing to help the wider community; socially concerned: those public-spirited people who call attention to low standards in high places
More example sentences
  • People generally yearn to be friendly, generous, and public-spirited - in short, altruistic.
  • Many people pitied my commonsensical, public-spirited child for being raised by an antisocial naysayer like me.
  • Where are the safeguards for those public-spirited people who call attention to low standards in high places?



Example sentences
  • But while rational people with disposable income might reckon Microsoft could quite reasonably and public-spiritedly put a bullet in the lot of them now, you can see the problem.
  • It seems to me that the police would be better employed trying to deal with crime rather than doing their best to impede and punish those who are public-spiritedly trying to stop crime.
  • The defendant's case is strengthened if he can show that he has in general behaved responsibly and public-spiritedly and his attackers have not.


Example sentences
  • As the king usually thanked them for their public-spiritedness by graciously confirming those rights, they had the security required to borrow at comparatively low rates of interest.
  • The men we have seen to display public-spiritedness and sympathy for the poor were not immune to the temptations of law-breaking.
  • Do you, the judge, dismiss the charges and commend the young chap for his public-spiritedness, whilst roundly condemning locksmiths for their sloppy workmanship?
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Related Words