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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 ?
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.
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.
Douglas, Not-forProfit Bankruptcies: Eleemosynary Corporations on the Brink (Oct.
Perhaps this explains why one may haply see a senile heresiologist, urceolate Nita, veer as a swallow amid celestial lives, mellific Ida, eleemosynary tramps and all of their etymological ilk in these palindroverses.
We know enough, and who wants to sound pretentious by throwing out words like eleemosynary instead of just saying charitable.
48) These public purposes, whether achieved in some way by private corporations, government corporations, or eleemosynary corporations, are the ultimate reasons why the government ought to protect their rights once created, including granting corporations standing in court.
the college as an eleemosynary, charitable foundation was quite definitely native to Islam" and it preceded colleges of the West (225).
Rhea was crowned winner when, with the pair on nine points each, she correctly spelled eleemosynary, meaning charitable.
What the 'flipping' classroom exercises consisted of was simple: the teacher called out a word - a rare and difficult, often unheard of, such as, for example, eleemosynary - and the pupils, dictionaries at the ready 'flipped' frantically, furiously, frenetically, feverishly in literal and alliterative fashion to be the first to find the word and deliver its meaning.
The concept-lookouts had been waiting for an episode that matched the eleemosynary sending group, its relationship with the community, and its capabilities.
38) This stems from a combination of three subsections within s 92 of the Constitution Act, 1867: s 92(7) ("The Establishment, Maintenance, and Management of Hospitals, Asylums, Charities, and Eleemosynary Institutions in and for the Province, other than Marine Hospitals"), s 92(13) ("Property and Civil Rights in the Province"), and s 92(16) ("Generally all Matters of a merely local or private Nature in the Province").