do-gooder

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do good +‎ -er

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do-gooder (plural do-gooders)

  1. (derogatory) One who advocates a certain course of action, often of political or social concern, with the naïve conviction of their own moral superiority.
    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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