Lady Bountiful love

Definitions

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  • noun A rich and generous woman.
  • noun derogatory An over-patronising woman, showing off her wealth by acts of 'overwhelming' generosity.

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Examples

  • "Untold Story" imagines what Diana might have been like outside the circus tent of royal celebrity, but Ms. Ali is so starry-eyed about the Diana mystique that she resorts to every hagiographic cliché regarding the "People's Princess"—Lydia is implicitly likened to Cinderella, Lady Bountiful, a martyr-in-waiting, even an angel.

    The Princess Reimagined

  • I perhaps should mention that the emerging consensus concerning Germany's role as euro zone Lady Bountiful does not include the lady herself: Chancellor Angela Merkel is having none of it.

    Global Markets Move, but Merkel Won't

  • Mrs. Burton also looked well after the temporal needs of the neighbourhood, but if she was always the Lady Bountiful, she was rarely the Lady Judicious.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • If she didn't make the rounds of the sick and aged of the village like a Lady Bountiful, she brought them little gifts of another sort.

    The Gates Of Sleep

  • Enter Hounslow and Bagshot, with swords drawn, haling in Lady Bountiful and Dorinda_.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

  • Still playing Lady Bountiful, smiling to herself in anticipation of the joy she was bringing to the simple old negro or Irish follower of the family, she left the shop; but as she came out upon the crowded pavement her smile vanished quickly.

    Alice Adams

  • When Mrs. Francis decided to play the Lady Bountiful to the Watson family, she not only ministered to their physical necessity but she conscientiously set about to do them good, if they would be done good to.

    Sowing Seeds in Danny

  • It was Mrs. Thomas Wynne who came in first, bundled mysteriously in her furs and holding a glass of wine jelly as a conventional symbol of the rôle of Lady Bountiful which she had for the moment assumed.

    The Blood Red Dawn

  • Once a year, perhaps, and for a few weeks only, the blinds of the Hall windows were drawn up; carriages rolled through the park gates; young ladies, bright in Bond Street toilets, flashed like deities upon the village street; my Lady Bountiful left a quarter of a pound of tea at half a dozen cottages; and then the whole vision faded like an unsubstantial pageant.

    The Quest of the Simple Life

  • Mrs. Burton also looked well after the temporal needs of the neighbourhood, but if she was always the Lady Bountiful, she was rarely the Lady Judicious.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

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