Charity

Definition of Charity

Char´i`ty
n.1.
1.Love; universal benevolence; good will.
Now abideth faith, hope, charity, three; but the greatest of these is charity.
- 1. Cor. xiii. 13.
They, at least, are little to be envied, in whose hearts the great charities . . . lie dead.
- Ruskin.
With malice towards none, with charity for all.
- Lincoln.
2.Liberality in judging of men and their actions; a disposition which inclines men to put the best construction on the words and actions of others.
The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable.
- Buckminster.
3.Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.
The heathen poet, in commending the charity of Dido to the Trojans, spake like a Christian.
- Dryden.
4.Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness.
She did ill then to refuse her a charity.
- L'Estrange.
5.A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity.
6.(Law) Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions.
The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers.
- Wordsworth.
Sisters of Charity
(R. C. Ch.) a sisterhood of religious women engaged in works of mercy, esp. in nursing the sick; - a popular designation. There are various orders of the Sisters of Charity.

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