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charity

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1 the giving of necessities and especially money to the needy
  • after amassing a fortune in the computer industry, the brothers devoted themselves to charity

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2 a gift of money or its equivalent to a charity, humanitarian cause, or public institution
  • donated his mansion and all of its land as a charity to the people of his beloved home state

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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

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The first known use of charity was in the 13th century

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“Charity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/charity. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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