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charity

Noun

1 a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
2 a kindly and lenient attitude toward people [syn: brotherly love]
3 an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
4 pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers [syn: Jacob's ladder, Greek valerian, Polemonium caeruleum, Polemonium van-bruntiae, Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae]
5 an institution set up to provide help to the needy

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From charite (French: charité), from caritas.

Noun

  1. Christian love; representing God's love of man, man's love of God, or man's love of his fellow-men.
  2. In general, an attitude of kindness and understanding towards others, now especially suggesting generosity.
    quotation
    Judge thyself with the judgment of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgment of charity. — John Mitchell Mason
  3. Benevolence to others less forunate than ourselves; the providing of goods or money to those in need.
  4. The goods or money given to those in need.
  5. An organization the objects of which are to carry on a charitable purpose.

Synonyms

Translations

providing of goods or money
goods or money given
organization
attitude

Extensive Definition

Charity may refer to:
Places:
In entertainment:

See also

charity in German: Charity

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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