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
Yesterday's term was eleemosynary, which is defined as:
Also "eleemosynary", though not in the same sentence.
An eighth-grade pupil at Jordan School, Clapp became champion by correctly spelling "eleemosynary" and "herbaceous."
Fortunately, it only took me a few seconds to come to my senses and my better, more eleemosynary angels to take over.
He was a business visionary; she was an eleemosynary visionary.
• Let's start with our eleemosynary friends at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, whose CEOs testified before a bi-partisan Congressional Committee on the financial crisis last week.
But here again a great swath of Americans whose sense of personal identity and pride was tied to their eleemosynary activities in their communities are now bereft of even this intrinsically important part of their lives.
Shouldn't we bring back the bridewell and rely on eleemosynary assistance instead - remember they made the Empire and then the welfare state destroyed it from 1918 onwards
Second, dynasties are not really a big issue in America today and the eleemosynary impulse is strongly ingrained in our society.
Later Americans took it on as an eleemosynary effort, donating money for packages to be sent to very general specifications such as a "school teacher in Germany."