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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.]
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1. of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
2. given as an act of charity
[C17: from Church Latin eleēmosyna alms]
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(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]
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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
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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"
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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.
He wrote a book titled 'The eleemosynary of traumatic nigeria economy.
"We view our role as institutional partners not as vendors, and both organizations had eleemosynary roots to serve the public good." John W.
supporting hospitals, museums and other eleemosynary institutions.
provides investment management, financial advisory and investment research services to large and small investors in the United States, including trade unions, corporations, state and local governments, and eleemosynary organizations.
Since the founding of the Law Firm in 1987, Manny has literally helped raise millions of dollars for eleemosynary causes including Chicago Scholars, Gary Sinise Foundation, and his alma maters, Northern Illinois University, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Holy Trinity High School.
Douglas, Not-forProfit Bankruptcies: Eleemosynary Corporations on the Brink (Oct./Nov.
Not only did Bergerson see palindromes as poetry; "poetry," he declares in his book, "is evocation." 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.
Sheridan quienes sostien, sin ambages, que: "The early history of charitable gifts and trust is bound up with the history of medieval eleemosynary and religious corporation (57)'.