noun char·i·ty \ˈcher-ə-tē, ˈcha-rə-\

: the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.; also : something (such as money or food) that is given to people who are poor, sick, etc.

: an organization that helps people who are poor, sick, etc.

: the organizations that help people in need

plural char·i·ties

Full Definition of CHARITY

:  benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
a :  generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also :  aid given to those in need
b :  an institution engaged in relief of the poor
c :  public provision for the relief of the needy
a :  a gift for public benevolent purposes
b :  an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
:  lenient judgment of others

Examples of CHARITY

  1. The holidays are a time for charity and good will.
  2. She refused to accept charity.
  3. The dinner was held to raise funds for several charities.
  4. She runs a local charity that gives books to children.
  5. All the money will go to charity.

Origin of CHARITY

Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kāma love
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of CHARITY

mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it <threw himself on the mercy of the court>. charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others <show a little charity for the less fortunate>. clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing <the judge refused to show clemency>. grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions <by the grace of God>. leniency implies lack of severity in punishing <criticized the courts for excessive leniency>.

Rhymes with CHARITY

CHARITY Defined for Kids


noun char·i·ty \ˈcher-ə-tē\
plural char·i·ties

Definition of CHARITY for Kids

:  love for others
:  kindliness especially in judging others <… I pray you mercy of my fault, and that ye will of your kindness and your charity forgive it … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>
:  the giving of aid to the needy
:  aid (as food or money) given to those in need
:  an organization or fund for helping the needy


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