from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Money or goods given as charity to the poor.
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- n. Something given to the poor as charity, such as money, clothing or food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The act of relieving the needy; charitable aid; ministration to the poor: as, to give money in alms.
- That which is given to the poor or needy; a charitable dole; anything bestowed in charity.
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- n. money or goods contributed to the poor
Justice is put before mercy, for we must not give that in alms which is wrongfully got, or with which our debts should be paid.
In his statement, Wade also said that the giving of alms is required in Islam, the religion of more than 90 percent of Senegal's population.
“Allah is all knowing;” 412 and they said, “We are thy two Scones of Bread, which thou gavest in alms to the asker and which were the cause of the cutting off of thy hands. 413 So praise thou Allah Almighty for that He hath restored to thee thy hands and thy child.”
From humble beginnings of poverty when the order relied on alms from the traveling pilgrims, the Order would go on to have the backing of the Holy See and the collective European monarchies.
Now they called alms by the name of righteousness, in that the Fathers of the Traditions taught, and the common people believed, that alms conferred very much to justification.
Hom. 3, he calls alms the queen of virtues, and charity and compassion the key of the divine mercy.
The word alms of course is a corruption of the Greek elenmosyne (mercy).
Through telling the truth, a Grey Friar receives as alms from the Lord of Sedan two pigs instead of one
Do not sell to hoard up the money, or because you can make more of it by usury, but sell and give alms; what is given in alms, in a right manner, is put out to the best interest, upon the best security.
That giving alms, is an excellent good thing, and highly pleasing to the Lord Jesus; and if we be humble and sincere in it, he will graciously accept of it, though in some circumstances there may not be all the discretion in the world.