Is there a word or phrase that can be used to define the citizens of a country who are naturally inclined to defend people from another country,race, religion etc simply because they are the underdog or they are being oppressed ?


The citizens of Country A, comes to the rescue of Country B, because Country B is facing the threat of a military invasion from another country and Country B is ill equipped militarily to defend themselves from the invading country.

So, based on the above example what word or phrase can be used to define the people of a Country A, who have sided with the underdog, Country B?

I looked up for a few words and came across the words defender , altruistic and guardian. However, I'm not sure if these words can be used to define citizens of any country who will always side with the underdog or oppressed.

  • That would be the humane race. – Hot Licks Oct 9 '17 at 18:17
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    Calling Americans "a race of people" is a peculiar use of the word race in this day and age, likely to be confusing to most and objectionable to some. – Xanne Oct 9 '17 at 18:46
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    I realise this may not be the place for a history lesson, but you might like to revisit your ideas about why the US became active in WWII. I doubt that simple altruism, or a desire to support the underdog, had much to do with it: owlcation.com/humanities/Reasons-for-American-Entry-Into-WWII – Kiloran_speaking Oct 9 '17 at 19:31
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    The "citizens" or "people" of the USA did not come to aid of Kuwait; the sitting president made an executive order to protect the USA's "national interests" and this not out of love for underdogs. – Arm the good guys in America Oct 10 '17 at 12:41
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    I really think you should do away with all examples (real or hypothetical) using the names of real countries. Not everybody is going to see Japan as an "underdog" in any hypothetical conflict with North Korea, especially given recent headlines. Why not just use two fictional nation's names? – Arm the good guys in America Oct 10 '17 at 14:05

Champion is what you're looking for.

From the Cambridge Dictionary:

champion noun [ C ] (SUPPORTER)

a person who enthusiastically supports, defends, or fights for a person, belief, right, or principle

For example:

She has long been a champion of prisoners' rights/the disabled/free speech.

or another example from the New York Times:

Irene Fernandez, a champion of the oppressed in Malaysia whose indefatigable advocacy for better treatment of migrant workers prompted her government to denounce her as a traitor and human rights groups to shower her with awards, died on March 25 in Serdang, Malaysia.

I believe this also applies to a nation or a race - here's an (unfortunately negative) example for the United States (again from the New York Times).

[The] United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.

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