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Meaning of CHARITY

Pronunciation:  'charitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
  2. [n]  a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
  3. [n]  an institution set up to provide help to the needy
  4. [n]  a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
  5. [n]  pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers

CHARITY is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: brotherly love, Greek valerian, Jacob's ladder, Polemonium caeruleum, Polemonium van-bruntiae, Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae
 See Also: alms, alms-giving, benevolence, community chest, establishment, foundation, gift, giving, handout, institution, philanthropic foundation, polemonium, private foundation, public charity, soup kitchen, supernatural virtue, theological virtue



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Char"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Charities}. [F. charit['e] fr. L.
caritas dearness, high regard, love, from carus dear, costly,
loved; asin to Skr. kam to wish, love, cf. Ir. cara a friend,
W. caru to love. Cf. {Caress}.]
1. Love; universal benevolence; good will.

         Now abideth faith, hope, charity, three; but the
         greatest of these is charity.         --1. Cor.
                                               xiii. 13.

         They, at least, are little to be envied, in whose
         hearts the great charities . . . lie dead. --Ruskin.

         With malice towards none, with charity for all.

2. Liberality in judging of men and their actions; a
   disposition which inclines men to put the best
   construction on the words and actions of others.

         The highest exercise of charity is charity towards
         the uncharitable.                     --Buckminster.

3. Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent
   institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.

         The heathen poet, in commending the charity of Dido
         to the Trojans, spake like a Christian. --Dryden.

4. Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or
   suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness.

         She did ill then to refuse her a charity.

5. A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support
   such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity.

6. pl. (Law) Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises]
   including relief of the poor or friendless, education,
   religious culture, and public institutions.

         The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, Are
         scattered at the feet of man like flowers.

{Sisters of Charity} (R. C. Ch.), a sisterhood of religious
   women engaged in works of mercy, esp. in nursing the sick;
   -- a popular designation. There are various orders of the
   Sisters of Charity.

Syn: Love; benevolence; good will; affection; tenderness;
     beneficence; liberality; almsgiving.

Computing Dictionary

A functional language based purely on category theory by Cockett, Spencer, and Fukushima, 1990-1991.

A version for sun-4 is available from Tom Fukushima <[email protected]>.

["About Charity", J.R.B. Cockett, U. Calgary, Canada, et al].

Easton Bible Dictionary

(1 Cor. 13), the rendering in the Authorized Version of the word which properly denotes love, and is frequently so rendered (always so in the Revised Version). It is spoken of as the greatest of the three Christian graces (1 Cor. 12:31-13:13).

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