noun \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

Rhymes with CHARITY


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