from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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. Benevolence to others less fortunate than ourselves; the providing of goods or money to those in need.
- n. The goods or money given to those in need.
- n. An organization, the objective of which is to carry out a charitable purpose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions.
from The 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.
- n. Synonyms Liberality, Generosity, etc. (see beneficence), indulgence, forbearance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Old French charité (French: charité), from Latin caritas. (Wiktionary)