charity

(redirected from charities)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to charities: Red Cross, UNICEF

char·i·ty

 (chăr′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. char·i·ties
1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. See Synonyms at mercy.
6. often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.

[Middle English charite, from Old French, Christian love, from Latin cāritās, affection, from cārus, dear; see kā- in Indo-European roots.]

charity

(ˈtʃærɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Social Welfare)
a. the giving of help, money, food, etc, to those in need
b. (as modifier): a charity show.
2. (Social Welfare)
a. an institution or organization set up to provide help, money, etc, to those in need
b. (as modifier): charity funds.
3. (Social Welfare) the help, money, etc, given to the needy; alms
4. a kindly and lenient attitude towards people
5. love of one's fellow men
[C13: from Old French charite, from Latin cāritās affection, love, from cārus dear]

char•i•ty

(ˈtʃær ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. donations or generous actions to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.
2. a charitable act or work.
3. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution.
4. benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in need: to do something out of charity.
5. leniency in judging others; forbearance.
6. alms.
7. Christian love; agape.
[1125–75; Middle English charite < Old French < Latin cāritās=cār(us) dear + -itās -ity]

Charity

See also love; poverty.

pertaining to charity or alms-giving.
voluntary activity of or disposition towards donating money, property, or services to the needy or for general social betterment. — philanthropic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charity - a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)charity - a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
foundation - an institution supported by an endowment
philanthropic foundation - a foundation that provides funds for science or art or education or religion or relief from disease etc.
private foundation - a charity that does not receive a major part of its support from the public
public charity - a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
2.charity - a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
benevolence - an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
supernatural virtue, theological virtue - according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues
3.charity - an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
giving, gift - the act of giving
handout - giving money or food or clothing to a needy person
zakat - the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship; "the zakat is earmarked for the poor and disabled"
4.charity - pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowerscharity - pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
polemonium - any plant of the genus Polemonium; most are low-growing often foul-smelling plants of temperate to Arctic regions
5.charity - an institution set up to provide help to the needy
institution, establishment - an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
community chest - a charity supported by individual subscriptions; defrays the demands on a community for social welfare
soup kitchen - a place where food is dispensed to the needy

charity

noun
1. charitable organization, fund, movement, trust, endowment The National Trust is a registered charity.
2. donations, help, relief, gift, contributions, assistance, hand-out, philanthropy, alms-giving, benefaction, largesse or largess My mum was very proud. She wouldn't accept charity.
donations selfishness, meanness, stinginess, miserliness
3. kindness, love, pity, humanity, affection, goodness, goodwill, compassion, generosity, indulgence, bounty, altruism, benevolence, fellow feeling, benignity, bountifulness, tenderheartedness He had no sense of right and wrong, no charity, no humanity.
kindness hatred, intolerance, malice, ill will
Quotations
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity" Bible: 1 Corinthians
"Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does" [Simone Weil The New York Notebook]
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith; so that I could remove mountains; and have not charity, I am nothing" Bible: 1 Corinthians
"Charity begins at home, but should not end there" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"Charity sufferreth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up... Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth" Bible: 1 Corinthians
"Charity shall cover the multitude of sins" Bible: 1 Peter
"He gives the poor man twice as much good who gives quickly" [Publilius Syrus]
Proverbs
"Charity begins at home"

charity

noun
1. Something given to a charity or cause:
3. Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others:
Translations
صَدَقَه، إحْسان، مَحَبَّةُ الغَيْرمُؤَسَّسَةٌ خَيْرِيَّةمُؤَسَّسَه خَيْرِيَّه
charitacharitativní spolekdobročinnost
velgørenhedvelgørenhedsorganisationgodgørenhed
hyväntekeväisyysLempi
dobrotvorna organizacija
jótékonysági intézmény
góîverk, kærleikurlíknarstarfsemi, hjálparstofnun
慈善団体
자선
geraširdiškaigeraširdiškasgeraširdiškumaslabdaralabdaringai
labdarībalabdarības iestādežēlastības dāvana
charitatívny spolokdobročinnosť
dobrodelna ustanovadobrodelnostmiloščina
välgörenhet
การกุศล
yardım derneğihayırseverlik
tổ chức từ thiện

charity

[ˈtʃærɪtɪ]
A. N
1. (= goodwill) → caridad f
out of charitypor caridad
charity begins at homela caridad bien entendida empieza por uno mismo
2. (= financial relief) → obras fpl benéficas; (= alms) → limosnas fpl
all proceeds go to charitytodo lo recaudado se destinará a obras benéficas
he gave the money to charitydonó el dinero a una organización benéfica
to live on charityvivir de la caridad
to raffle sth for charityrifar algo para fines benéficos
3. (= organization) → organización f benéfica
4. (= act) it would be a charity ifsería una obra de caridad si ...
B. CPD charity appeal Ncuestación f para obras benéficas
charity shop N (Brit) tienda de artículos de segunda mano que dedica su recaudación a causas benéficas

charity

[ˈtʃærɪti]
n
(= virtue) → charité f
charity begins at home → charité bien ordonnée commence par soi-même
(= organization) → association f caritative, association f de bienfaisance
He gave the money to charity → Il a donné l'argent à une association caritative.
(= alms) → charité f
modif [function, concert, ball, dinner, match] → (au profit d'une œuvre) de bienfaisancecharity shop n boutique vendant des articles d'occasion au profit d'une organisation caritativecharity work ntravail m bénévole (au profit d'une organisation caritative)

charity

n
(= Christian virtue)tätige Nächstenliebe, Barmherzigkeit f
(= tolerance, kindness)Menschenfreundlichkeit f; for charity’s sake, out of charityaus reiner Menschenfreundlichkeit; charity begins at home (Prov) → man muss zuerst an seine eigene Familie/sein eigenes Land etc denken
(= alms) to live on charityvon Almosen leben
(= charitable society)Wohltätigkeitsverein m, → karitative Organisation; (= charitable purposes)Wohlfahrt f; to work for charityfür die Wohlfahrt arbeiten; a collection for charityeine Sammlung für wohltätige or karitative Zwecke

charity

in cpdsWohltätigkeits-

charity

[ˈtʃærɪtɪ] n
a. (virtue) → carità
out of charity → per carità or misericordia
to live on charity → vivere di elemosine
charity begins at home (Proverb) → il primo prossimo è la tua famiglia
b. (organization) → opera pia, associazione f benefica
she gave all her money to charity → lasciò tutto il suo denaro in beneficenza

charity

(ˈtʃӕrəti) plural ˈcharities noun
1. kindness (especially in giving money to poor people). She gave clothes to the gypsies out of charity.
2. an organization set up to collect money for the needy, for medical research etc. Many charities sent money to help the victims of the disaster.
ˈcharitable adjective
1. (negative uncharitable) kind.
2. of a charity. a charitable organization.
ˈcharitably adverb

charity

مُؤَسَّسَةٌ خَيْرِيَّة charita velgørenhed Wohltätigkeitsorganisation φιλανθρωπία institución benéfica hyväntekeväisyys charité dobrotvorna organizacija beneficenza 慈善団体 자선 liefdadigheidsinstelling veldedighet instytucja dobroczynna caridade благотворительное общество välgörenhet การกุศล yardım derneği tổ chức từ thiện 慈善机构

charity

n. caridad; beneficencia.
References in classic literature ?
de Boville; "the charities present themselves to you through me: the widows and orphans depute me to receive alms to the amount of five millions from you.
Oh, you may make sure of him; his charities alone amount to
Above all, I sincerely believe that the public institutions and charities of this capital of Massachusetts are as nearly perfect, as the most considerate wisdom, benevolence, and humanity, can make them.
In our own country, where it has not, until within these later days, been a very popular fashion with governments to display any extraordinary regard for the great mass of the people or to recognise their existence as improvable creatures, private charities, unexampled in the history of the earth, have arisen, to do an incalculable amount of good among the destitute and afflicted.
The regulator says these charities are missing a vital opportunity to tell their story and explain their impact.
A host of the region's notable charities, social enterprises and sector figures are in the running for the inaugural programme, organised by The Gazette and The Journal, with associate sponsors Brewin Dolphin and support sponsors Leathers LLP.
Already a host of the region's notable charities, social enterprises and sector figures are in the running for the inaugural programme, organised by The Journal and associate sponsors Brewin Dolphin.
The CRA has recently revised this Guide T4033, Completing the Registered Charity Information Return, to require charities to provide more details about their political activities, based on changes announced in the 2012 federal budget.
All charities registered in England and Wales can be checked on the Charity Commission's online register at www.
CHARITY shops could close and charities lose valuable income if they are forced to pay more in business rates, the body representing the sector will tell Carwyn Jones in a letter today.
Canadians are a generous lot and, according to Statistics Canada, most of us donate to charities, volunteer our time, or help others directly at least once per year.
As savings rates collapse and share prices go sideways, even the wealthy are feeling the squeeze and cutting back on donations to charities and good causes.