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eleemosynary

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adjective el·ee·mo·sy·nary \ˌe-li-ˈmä-sə-ˌner-ē, -ˈmō-; -ˈmä-zə-\

Definition of eleemosynary

  1. :  of, relating to, or supported by charity



Examples of eleemosynary

  1. <used his vast fortune for establishing and funding a host of eleemosynary institutions>



Origin of eleemosynary

Medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from Late Latin eleemosyna alms — more at alms


First Known Use: circa 1616


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