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Lady Bountiful

An exceptionally wealthy and generous woman, especially one whose generosity is (or is seen to be) a way of showing off her wealth in a patronizing manner. You've gotta love Lady Bountiful over there, coming down to the homeless shelter every month in her stretch limo and smiling for the cameras as she ladles out soup to the poor.
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Lady Bountiful

a woman who engages in ostentatious acts of charity to impress others.
Lady Bountiful is the name of a character in The Beaux' Stratagem ( 1707 ), a play by the Irish Restoration dramatist George Farquhar .
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Lady Bountiful

A woman known for her generous charity. The term is the name of a character in George Farquar’s play The Beaux’s Stratagem (1706), and in Britain it was transferred later to the lady of the manor or to the village benefactress. Still later, when such behavior sometimes was disparaged as being too patronizing, the term was not always used in complimentary fashion. Today it is nearly always used ironically.
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