from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who pays tithes; a person from whom tithes are due.
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Inasmuch as the man who received help -- or whose widow and children did so -- had been a tithe-payer during all his productive years, there was none of the feeling of personal humiliation on the part of the recipient, nor any of the feeling of condescending charity on the part of the giver, in the distribution of funds to the needy.
The tithe-payer saw the good result of the administration of the Church's moneys, and was generally satisfied.
Thus was removed a perpetual source of dispute and antagonism between tithe-payer and tithe-owner.