Definition of charity
1 : benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity The holidays are a time for charity and goodwill.
2a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need received charity from the neighborsb : an institution engaged in relief of the poor raised funds for several charitiesc : public provision for the relief of the needy too proud to accept charity
3a : a gift for public benevolent purposesb : an institution (such as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4 : lenient judgment of others The critic was liked for his charity and moderation.
Examples of charity in a Sentence
The holidays are a time for charity and good will.
She refused to accept charity.
The dinner was held to raise funds for several charities.
She runs a local charity that gives books to children.
All the money will go to charity.
Recent Examples of charity from the Web
The Environmental Defence Fund, a charity, estimated in 2011 that cap-and-trade would account for 20% of the pollution cuts required by AB 32.
Bingo Proceeds support Dale City Knights of Columbus activities and charities.
Trump’s other lawyer, Jay Sekulow, appears to have taken money from charity.
Now, and costs $25 (compared with $125 for Kendall and Kylie's shirts), all of which will be donated to charity.
Randy Coe, Kosair’s current president, said Inman will start at the charity Aug. 7.
Amazon would be the primary tenant for the 97-acre complex, which will generate millions of dollars for the long-dormant Meek charity and is expected to pay Miami-Dade about $1.8 million in rent a year.
And Waterfront Park-goers probably won't have to pay to attend many events held in the park, such as charity walks, or simply to use the highly popular Big Four Bridge cross-river walkway.
Some of the items at issue were provided to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for a charity auction.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of charity
CHARITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of charity for English Language Learners
: 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
CHARITY Defined for Kids
Definition of charity for Students
1 : love for others
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 : the giving of aid to the needy
4 : aid (as food or money) given to those in need
5 : an organization or fund for helping the needy
Legal Definition of charity
: a gift for humanitarian, philanthropic, or other purposes beneficial to the public (as maintaining a public building); also : an institution (as a hospital or school) or organization founded by such a gift — compare private foundation
Additional Notes on charity
Statutory definitions of what institutions and organizations qualify as charities vary. Organizations that are primarily involved in political campaigns or lobbying do not qualify as charities for tax purposes, but trusts for them may be considered charitable. In addition to tax-exempt status, charities have also generally been granted immunity from tort suits.
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