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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 ?
Laurie took Amy to drive, which was a deed of charity, for the sour cream seemed to have had a bad effect upon her temper.
His cheerfulness was unbounded, and it was matched by his goodness of heart, his broad charity, and common sense.
He was much given to charity, but it had been perfunctory, it was extended on the advice of his secretary.
Is all this precious time to be lavished on the matutinal repair and beautifying of an elderly person, who never goes abroad, whom nobody ever visits, and from whom, when she shall have done her utmost, it were the best charity to turn one's eyes another way?
Oftentimes they were asleep, but occasionally might be heard talking together, ill voices between a speech and a snore, and with that lack of energy that distinguishes the occupants of alms-houses, and all other human beings who depend for subsistence on charity, on monopolized labour, or anything else but their own independent exertions.
I had supposed I had brushed away the ugly signs: but I could literally--for the time, at all events--rejoice, under this fathomless charity, that they had not entirely disappeared.
Never did any woman better deserve her name, which was Charity --Aunt Charity, as everybody called her.
Jurgis had never seen any dead bodies in the streets, but he had seen people evicted and disappear, no one knew where; and though the city had a relief bureau, though there was a charity organization society in the stockyards district, in all his life there he had never heard of either of them.
Now, as a matter of Christian charity, how cheap could you afford to let him go, to oblige a young lady that's particular sot on him?
I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks--who had a genius, so to speak, for SAUNTERING, which word is beautifully derived "from idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked charity, under pretense of going a la Sainte Terre," to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, "There goes a Sainte-Terrer," a Saunterer, a Holy-Lander.
They were suffer- ing sharp physical pain, of course; and weariness, and hunger and thirst, no doubt; and at least none had given them the comfort of a wash, or even the poor charity of a lotion for their wounds; yet you never heard them utter a moan or a groan, or saw them show any sign of restlessness, or any disposition to com- plain.
Next we have the pica heading, "News of the Day," under which the following facts are set forth: Prince Leopold is going on a visit to Vienna, six lines; Prince Arnulph is coming back from Russia, two lines; the Landtag will meet at ten o'clock in the morning and consider an election law, three lines and one word over; a city government item, five and one-half lines; prices of tickets to the proposed grand Charity Ball, twenty-three lines--for this one item occupies almost one-fourth of the entire first page; there is to be a wonderful Wagner concert in Frankfurt-on-the-Main, with an orchestra of one hundred and eight instruments, seven and one-half lines.