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charity    : [tʃ'ɛrɪti]
Charity \Char"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Charities}. [F. charit['e] fr. L.
caritas dearness, high regard, love, from carus dear, costly,
loved; asin to Skr. kam to wish, love, cf. Ir. cara a friend,
W. caru to love. Cf. {Caress}.]
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1. Love; universal benevolence; good will.
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Now abideth faith, hope, charity, three; but the
greatest of these is charity. --1. Cor.
xiii. 13.
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They, at least, are little to be envied, in whose
hearts the great charities . . . lie dead. --Ruskin.
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With malice towards none, with charity for all.
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2. Liberality in judging of men and their actions; a
disposition which inclines men to put the best
construction on the words and actions of others.
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The highest exercise of charity is charity towards
the uncharitable. --Buckminster.
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3. Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent
institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.
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The heathen poet, in commending the charity of Dido
to the Trojans, spake like a Christian. --Dryden.
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4. Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or
suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness.
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She did ill then to refuse her a charity.
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5. A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support
such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity.
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6. pl. (Law) Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises]
including relief of the poor or friendless, education,
religious culture, and public institutions.
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The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers.
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{Sisters of Charity} (R. C. Ch.), a sisterhood of religious
women engaged in works of mercy, esp. in nursing the sick;
-- a popular designation. There are various orders of the
Sisters of Charity.

Syn: Love; benevolence; good will; affection; tenderness;
beneficence; liberality; almsgiving.
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n 1: a foundation created to promote the public good (not for
assistance to any particular individuals)
2: a kindly and lenient attitude toward people [synonym: {charity},
{brotherly love}]
3: an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
4: pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white
flowers [synonym: {Jacob's ladder}, {Greek valerian}, {charity},
{Polemonium caeruleum}, {Polemonium van-bruntiae},
{Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae}]
5: an institution set up to provide help to the needy

193 Moby Thesaurus words for "charity":
Amor, BOMFOG, Benthamism, Christian charity, Christian love, Eros,
Platonic love, abetment, accord, accordance, admiration, adoration,
advocacy, aegis, affection, affinity, agape, agreement, alms,
alms fee, almsgiving, altruism, amity, ardency, ardor, attachment,
auspices, backing, benefaction, beneficence, benevolence,
benevolent disposition, benevolentness, bigheartedness,
bodily love, bonds of harmony, brotherly love, cardinal virtues,
care, caritas, cement of friendship, championship, charitableness,
clemency, collection, communion, community, community of interests,
compassion, compatibility, concord, concordance, condonation,
congeniality, conjugal love, considerateness, consideration,
contribution, correspondence, countenance, desire, devotion,
do-goodism, dole, donation, donative, easiness, empathy,
encouragement, esprit, esprit de corps, faith, faithful love,
fancy, favor, feeling of identity, fellow feeling, fellowship,
fervor, flame, flower power, fondness, forbearance, fortitude,
fosterage, free love, free-lovism, frictionlessness, friendliness,
generosity, generousness, giving, good vibes, good vibrations,
goodwill, grace, greatheartedness, guidance, handout, happy family,
harmony, heart, hero worship, hope, humaneness, humanitarianism,
humanity, identity, idolatry, idolism, idolization, indulgence,
interest, justice, kindliness, kinship, largeheartedness, largesse,
lasciviousness, lenience, leniency, lenity, liberality, libido,
like, like-mindedness, liking, long-suffering, love,
love of mankind, lovemaking, magnanimity, married love,
munificence, mutuality, natural virtues, offering, offertory,
oneness, passion, patience, patronage, peace, permissiveness,
philanthropism, philanthropy, physical love, pittance,
popular regard, popularity, prudence, rapport, rapprochement,
reciprocity, regard, relief, seconding, sentiment, sex,
sexual love, sharing, shine, solidarity, spiritual love,
sponsorship, subscription, supernatural virtues, sympathy,
symphony, team spirit, temperance, tender feeling, tender passion,
theological virtues, tithe, tolerance, toleration, truelove,
tutelage, understanding, union, unison, unity, unselfishness,
utilitarianism, uxoriousness, votive offering, weakness, welfare,
welfarism, well-disposedness, worship, yearning

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