Lady Bountiful

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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.
See also: lady

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 .
See also: lady
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