I am looking for an English word which describes a completed person who is ethicly mature. A word with the same meaning or feeling as the Yiddish word mensch.

For example:

  • How can we guide my son to become a ...
  • Despite his struggles in life he was a real ...
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    Which are you after "a complete and happy person" or "a completed person who is ethicly mature" or both? What's your definition of "complete" in this context? – KillingTime Apr 25 '20 at 11:56
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    You'll struggle to get a hypernym for all your attributes, as @KillingTime implies. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 25 '20 at 12:01
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    A fulfilled person - a person feeling happy because they are getting everything that they want from life: – user 66974 Apr 25 '20 at 12:18
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    In Hinduism, Luck is considered to have three aspects - good health, long life and peace of mind. With one missing, a man's life is nothing. Hence, the parents pray God that their children be blessed with luck having the elements of good health, long life and peace of mind. I am still not saying 'Luck/ Lucky' is the word that can meet the above. Just quoted an example. In Sanskrit, there is a verse, "Bhagyavantham Prasooyedha; Maa Shooram; Maa cha: Panditam" which means, a mother should give birth to a baby that is lucky, not scholarly, or warrior-like. – Ram Pillai Apr 25 '20 at 12:29
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    If I look up synonyms for mensch, I get stalwart. If that isn't sufficient, explain why not. Also, there might not be an English equivalent. Also note that an actual definition of mensch is "a person of integrity and honour." Your addition of "complete and happy" doesn't seem to apply. So, which is it? Or do you really want to combine the multiple meanings? – Jason Bassford Apr 25 '20 at 14:06

How about stand-up guy (or politically-correct equivalent for guy)?

From M-W dictionary:

stand-up: marked by a high degree of personal integrity of loyalty, e.g., a stand-up guy

From M-W thesaurus:

stand-up: following the accepted rules of moral conduct, e.g., he's a real stand-up guy, he's willing to raise the child—by himself if necessary

Synonyms for stand-up: decent, ethical, honest, honorable, just, noble, principled, respectable, righteous, upright, upstanding

Your examples:

How can we guide my son to become a stand-up guy?

Despite his struggles in life, he was a real stand-up guy.

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