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phi·lan·thro·py

 (fĭ-lăn′thrə-pē)
n. pl. phi·lan·thro·pies
1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
2. Love of humankind in general.
3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare.

[Late Latin philanthrōpia, from Greek, from philanthrōpos, humane, benevolent : phil-, philo-, philo- + anthrōpos, man, mankind.]

phi·lan′thro·pist n.
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philanthropy

(fɪˈlænθrəpɪ)
n, pl -pies
1. the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions
2. love of mankind in general
[C17: from Late Latin philanthrōpia, from Greek: love of mankind, from philos loving + anthrōpos man]
phiˈlanthropist, philanthrope n
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phi•lan•thro•py

(fɪˈlæn θrə pi)

n., pl. -pies.
1. altruistic concern for human beings, esp. as manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons or to institutions advancing human welfare.
2. a philanthropic act or donation.
3. a philanthropic institution.
[1600–10; earlier philanthropia < Late Latin < Greek philanthrōpía love for mankind. See phil-, anthropo-, -y3]
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philanthropy

a deliberate affection for mankind, shown in contributions of money, property, or work for the benefit of others. Cf. misanthropy. — philanthropist, n.philanthropic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
voluntary activity of or disposition towards donating money, property, or services to the needy or for general social betterment. — philanthropic, adj.
See also: Charity
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.philanthropy - voluntary promotion of human welfare
economic aid, financial aid, aid - money to support a worthy person or cause
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philanthropy

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philanthropy

noun
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Translations
حُب البَشَر، إحْسان
filantropielidumilnost
filantropivelgørenhed
filantropija
emberszeretet
mannúî; líknarstarfsemi
filantropasfilantropijafilantropiškas
filantropija
filantropiaľudomilnosť
insanseverlik

philanthropy

[fɪˈlænθrəpɪ] Nfilantropía f
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philanthropy

[fɪˈlænθrəpi] nphilanthropie f
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philanthropy

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philanthropy

[fɪˈlænθrəpɪ] nfilantropia
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philanthropy

(fiˈlanθrəpi) noun
love for mankind, usually as shown by money given to, or work done for, other people. He shows his philanthropy by helping people who have been in prison.
philanthropic (filənˈθropik) adjective
giving money or other help etc to others. a philanthropic person; a philanthropic act.
phiˈlanthropist noun
a philanthropic person.
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References in classic literature ?
'"Haven of Philanthropy, Chief Offices, London, Wednesday.
A BEAR boasted very much of his philanthropy, saying that of all animals he was the most tender in his regard for man, for he had such respect for him that he would not even touch his dead body.
Even the two players at dominoes glanced up from their game, as if to protest against philosophical philanthropy being brought by name into the Break of Day.
Philanthropy is not love for one's fellow-man in the broadest sense.
To him who seeketh to be just from the heart, even the lie becometh philanthropy.
In Soapy's opinion the Law was more benign than Philanthropy. 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.
He responded in tones of philanthropy. He pressed her arm with an air of reassuring proprietorship.
Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be -- a hypocrite, a misanthropist, and, up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.
In regard to philanthropy, the greatest virtue of crowned heads, Napoleon also did all in his power.
That in this gratification alone, as in friendship, in parental and filial affection, as indeed in general philanthropy, there is a great and exquisite delight.
When modern philanthropy begins to apologize for Nero, modern philanthropy has arrived at a pretty pass indeed!
This idea will add the inducements of philanthropy to those of patriotism, to heighten the solicitude which all considerate and good men must feel for the event.