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.
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- n. a charitable and religious organization to evangelize and to care for the poor and homeless
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Next best, in point of cleanliness, are the Salvation Army hostels, at sevenpence or eightpence.
Since then I have slept in a number of Salvation Army shelters, and found that, though the different houses vary a little, this semi-military discipline is the same in all of them.
If my father heard us talking about Morgan Chapel, he dismissed the subject with a sarcastic characterization, and wanted to know if we were going to join the Salvation Army next; but he did not seriously care, and he was willing that the children should have a good time.
The tea appeared to be made with tea DUST, which I fancy had been given to the Salvation Army in charity, though they sold it at threehalfpence a cup.
He says you turned up as a Salvation Army General when Bunny Wright married Lady Rachel.
’E’s not the bloke for your sis to sit down to table with, not if she was in Salvation Army uniform, take it from me.”
Meeting his stare, I realised that he was surveying not Salvo the sophisticated party-goer, but a coffee-coloured Mission boy in a Salvation Army sports coat, baggy flannels and increasingly tight shoes.
When she steamed out of Portsmouth on August 2, a Salvation Army band played “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”
To my eye these Salvation Army shelters, though clean, are far drearier than the worst of the common lodging-houses.