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charity

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noun char·i·ty \ˈcher-ə-tē, ˈcha-rə-\

Simple Definition of charity

  • : 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

Full Definition of charity

plural char·i·ties

  1. 1 :  benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 a :  a gift for public benevolent purposes b :  an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift

  4. 4 :  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

charity

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noun char·i·ty \ˈcher-ə-tē\

Definition of charity

plural char·i·ties

  1. 1 :  love for others

  2. 2 :  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>

  3. 3 :  the giving of aid to the needy

  4. 4 :  aid (as food or money) given to those in need

  5. 5 :  an organization or fund for helping the needy





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