Sister of charity

(R. C. Ch.) See under Charity, and Mercy.

See also: Sister

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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And like a sister of charity did this charitable Aunt Charity bustle about hither and thither, ready to turn her hand and heart to anything that promised to yield safety, comfort, and consolation to all on board a ship in which her beloved brother Bildad was concerned, and in which she herself owned a score or two of well-saved dollars.
Clara was making a rosary of beads for a little figure of a Sister of Charity, who was to attend the Bunker Hill fair and lend her aid in erecting the Monument.
Christine Daae did not say a word: she moved about noiselessly, like a sister of charity, who had taken a vow of silence.
de Chagny, who, it is true, was sleeping peacefully; and she sat down again in her chair by the chimney-corner, silent as a sister of charity who had taken a vow of silence.
How could I know it did trouble you, this question, when you never told me so, never spoke of it at all?" His clear, listening face, framed in its smooth whiteness, made him for the minute as appealing as some wistful patient in a children's hospital; and I would have given, as the resemblance came to me, all I possessed on earth really to be the nurse or the sister of charity who might have helped to cure him.
Thus we find that ardent and vigorous genius, forced to rely on the independence of its own poverty, quits these cold regions where thought is persecuted by brutal indifference, where no woman is willing to be a sister of charity to a man of talent, of art, of science.
Hester Prynne -- whose vocation, as a self-enlisted Sister of Charity, had brought her acquainted with the captain and crew -- could take upon herself to secure the passage of two individuals and a child with all the secrecy which circumstances rendered more than desirable.
"No; Miss Polly would let concealment prey on her damask cheeks and still smile on in the novel fashion, or turn sister of charity and nurse the heartless lover through small-pox, or some other contagious disease, and die seraphically, leaving him to the agonies of remorse and tardy love."
I would expend her care and kindness on the whole district; I would be a sister of charity, and bind the wounds of all the suffering poor in a countryside.
Louise Akers, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati who championed social justice for 50 years, died Feb.
Tver Charitable Fund after sister of charity Bakunina will take part in the event.
Francis de Sales O'Brien, as well as being a ward of Lord Clifford before she was a Sister of Charity, spent about eight months on his country property in England with her English novice mistress, also time in Lady Stanley's house.