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 (ĕl′ə-mŏs′ə-nĕr′ē, ĕl′ē-ə-)
Of, relating to, or dependent on charity. See Synonyms at benevolent.

[Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, alms; see alms.]


1. of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
2. given as an act of charity
[C17: from Church Latin eleēmosyna alms]


(ˌɛl əˈmɒs əˌnɛr i, -ˈmɒz-, ˌɛl i ə-)

1. involving charity or charitable donations.
2. supported by or dependent upon charity: eleemosynary institutions.
[1610–20; < Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius= Late Latin eleēmosyn(a) charity (< Greek eleēmosýnē, derivative (with -synē n. suffix) of eleḗmōn merciful, derivative of eleeîn to show mercy]


1. pertaining to alms.
2. Obsolete, an almsman; a person who lives on the charity of others.
See also: Aid
pertaining to charity or alms-giving.
See also: Charity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.eleemosynary - generous in assistance to the pooreleemosynary - generous in assistance to the poor; "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions"
charitable - full of love and generosity; "charitable to the poor"; "a charitable trust"


References in classic literature ?
Uncle Venner's pig was fed entirely, and kept in prime order, on these eleemosynary contributions; insomuch that the patched philosopher used to promise that, before retiring to his farm, he would make a feast of the portly grunter, and invite all his neighbors to partake of the joints and spare-ribs which they had helped to fatten.
An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
There was an endless round of institutions, municipal and eleemosynary, on which he might set out and receive lodging and food accordant with the simple life.
However, it is not merely libraries, but all eleemosynary and other nonprofit institutions, private and public, in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries that find themselves increasingly in need of the charitable support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and government programs in order to survive.
The concept-lookouts had been waiting for an episode that matched the eleemosynary sending group, its relationship with the community, and its capabilities.
For example, any governmental entity or official was coded as "other," as were parties coded by SCD as universities, churches, public utility commissions, eleemosynary institutions, public interest organizations, judges and unions.
provisions governing registered charities and provincial constitutional authority, set out in section 92(7) of the Constitution Act, 1867 (UK), over the "Establishment, Maintenance, and Management of Hospitals, Asylums, Charities, and Eleemosynary Institutions in and for the Province".
120) A general subsidy for eleemosynary activity broadly defined is a
At that time, Matty Hersee was placed under the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees of State Eleemosynary institutions and, upon its closing in 1986, it was one of three such hospitals in the state.
Those below that level were cared for by religious institutions and extended families, both of which were stronger before the state displaced so many of their eleemosynary functions.
Payments by counties, cities, towns and villages to charitable, eleemosynary, correctional and reformatory institutions, wholly or partly under private control, for care, support and maintenance, may be authorized, but shall hot be required by the Legislature.
Third, to contact other Christian leaders, especially the World Council of Churches' Reconstruction Committee in Geneva, for the purpose of coordinating and integrating this work of the Lutheran Church with the work of other churches that are also ready to launch out on great reconstructive and eleemosynary programs, involving the expenditure of millions of dollars.