American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
- n. Something given to help the needy; alms.
- n. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
- n. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
- n. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. See Synonyms at mercy.
- n. Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In New Testament usage, love, in its highest and broadest manifestation.
- n. In a general sense, the good affections men ought to feel toward one another; good will.
- n. Specifically Benevolence; liberality in relieving the wants of others; philanthropy.
- n. Any act of kindness or benevolence; a good deed in behalf of another: as, it would be a charity to refrain from criticizing him.
- n. Specifically Alms; anything bestowed gratuitously on a person or persons in need.
- n. Liberality or allowance in judging others and their actions; a disposition inclined to favorable judgments.
- n. A charitable institution; a foundation for the relief of a certain class of persons by alms, education, or care; especially, a hospital.
- n. In law, a gift in trust for promoting the welfare of the community or of mankind at large, or some indefinite part of it, as an endowment for a public hospital, school, church, or library, as distinguished from a gift which, being for the benefit of particular persons, gives them a right to its enjoyment. Early in the history of English law, the chancellors established the rule that informalities and illegalities which by the common law would invalidate a private trust should not be allowed to defeat a public charity, and that therefore chancery should intervene to prevent the heirs or next of kin from defeating such a gift, should appoint a trustee if none existed, and, if any of the directions of the founder were impracticable, should supply others approximate thereto. The most familiar application of the rule is in the doctrine that the prohibition against perpetuities does not affect a charity. (See
perpetuity.) The question what constitutes a charity within this rule has been the subject of much litigation.
- n. Synonyms Liberality, Generosity, etc. (see beneficence), indulgence, forbearance.
- n. archaic Christian love; representing God's love of man, man's love of God, or man's love of his fellow-men.
- n. In general, an attitude of kindness and understanding towards others, now especially suggesting generosity.
- n. uncountable Benevolence to others less fortunate than ourselves; the providing of goods or money to those in need.
- n. countable The goods or money given to those in need.
- n. countable An organization, the objective of which is to carry out a charitable purpose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Love; universal benevolence; good will.
- n. Liberality in judging of men and their actions; a disposition which inclines men to put the best construction on the words and actions of others.
- n. Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.
- n. Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness.
- n. A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution.
- n. (Law) Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions.
- n. an institution set up to provide help to the needy
- n. an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
- n. a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
- n. pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
- n. a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
- From Old French charité (French: charité), from Latin caritas. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English charite, from Old French, Christian love, from Latin cāritās, affection, from cārus, dear; see kā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In fact, Mr. Grueman, the word charity has never entered my mind in connection with you.”
“Although "social service" carries with it more of the sense of justice than the term charity, it is still, in intention, a charitable thing.”
“People in the UK are so blinded by the term charity number that they instantly think no number you must be a scam.”
“Whoever the charity is and whatever you donate, will be greatly appreciated.”
“Without its own donor list, the charity is at the mercy of the fundraiser.”
“The idea that someone can act as a "free rider" on a charity is a contradiction and ignores the definition of both free riding and charity.”
“He says volunteering with the charity is a way to connect with his late mother and work through the pain of losing her at a young age.”
“Unlike the word "charity," which suggests benevolence and generosity, "tzedakah" derives from the Hebrew "Tzadei-Dalet-Qof," meaning justice, righteousness, or fairness.”
“It doesn't need to be a gift, a donation to a charity is a wonderful way to "re-gift".”
“It is one of the two kinds of love that informs service and forms the root of the word charity.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘charity’.
The last time someone tried this theme, it was a closed list with only two words; time to make amends. Scripting languages, etc. are also fair game...
From a book about life and death.
Positive words and vague promises. THE words and expressions to use when you want to win over the masses or just don't know what to say.
"CAPITAL" stands for the administrative capital...
Given names that were acceptable for play the last time I checked the OWL.
who is this god person, anyway? (--Douglas Adams)
things you may rise above with.
goto things (bad)
( randomness, events, situations, nouns )
A list of things that you are not allowed to question in public.
and my mantras
Due to my absolute ignorance of masonry and masonic terms, this list is shamelessly copied from this masonic dictionary.
Feel free to add words (as soon as I complete my transcription).
Words that have been used as baby names, including virtue names, nature names, place names, etc.
The title is an actual name given to a Puritan boy in the 17th century.
Very basic words for ESL students.
Looking for tweets for charity.