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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An international evangelical and charitable organization founded in 1865 by William Booth as a London revival society and renamed in 1878.

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  • proper n. A protestant Christian charitable and evangelical organization originally founded to help the poor of London

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an organization for prosecuting the work of Christian evangelization, especially among the degraded populations of cities. It is virtually a new sect founded in London in 1861 by William Booth. The evangelists, male and female, have military titles according to rank, that of the chief being “General.” They wear a uniform, and in their phraseology and mode of work adopt a quasi military style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a charitable and religious organization to evangelize and to care for the poor and homeless


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