from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or dependent on charity.
- adj. Contributed as an act of charity; gratuitous. See Synonyms at benevolent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving.
- adj. Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance.
- adj. Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
- n. A beggar
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity.
- adj. Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms.
- adj. Supported by charity.
- n. One who subsists on charity; a dependent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to alms; derived from or provided by charity; charitable: as, an eleemosynary fund; an eleemosynary hospital.
- Relating to charitable donations; intended for the distribution of alms, or for the use and management of donations and bequests, whether for the subsistence of the poor or for the conferring of any gratuitous benefit.
- Dependent upon charity; receiving charitable aid or support: as, the eleemosynary poor.
- n. One who subsists on charity; one who lives by receiving alms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. generous in assistance to the poor
Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, alms; see alms.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin eleemosynarius ("alms dispenser"), from Late Latin eleemosyna ("alms"), from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, "alms"), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, "I have mercy"), from ἔλεος (eleos, "pity"). (Wiktionary)