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Synonyms for do-gooder

someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms

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An early contributor to Harper's Magazine, the senator would have been a champion fund-raiser too, given his sage balancing of inviolable property rights against wild-eyed do-goodism.
Two thousand environmentally hyperconscious attendees, in spite of their Birkenstocks, their organic cotton jeans and their peasant dresses, were spellbound by the authors' ability precisely to take environmentalism out of the realm of Sunday-school preaching, do-goodism, and lefty politics where it has become so hopelessly mired.
I think that the meaningful ones are terrific - but not the ones [motivated by] PR or social conscience or do-goodism or philanthropy or mandates.
Behind this support lies demographics, not just corporate liberalism or do-goodism.
Deathday parties are not sacrificial exercises in do-goodism.
This last very American movement is often dismissed by its critics for reducing Christian doctrine to wishy-washy do-goodism, but this criticism will not hold for passionate social preachers like Walter Rauschenbusch.
The tragic irony, Sowell notes, is that the blacks who failed to graduate from Berkeley were perfectly capable of graduating from the average American college; by being mismatched with Berkeley they were derailed by a perverted notion of do-goodism.
But in the end Diller didn't let Koplovitz's do-goodism, no matter how admirable, sway him from the conviction that USA and Sci-Fi needed some fresh blood, starting at the top.
He is suspicious of the reaction to such lovable black literary figures as the poet Maya Angelou and even asks what no other prominent commentator, black or white, has asked about Toni Morrison's Nobel Prize--whether it was not "tainted with do-goodism.
When British do-goodism had its love match with Lee's Chinese sense of order and efficiency, the results were notorious: a fine for not flushing a public lavatory, the lash for vandalism.