charity

Charity is the donation of something, like money, to a cause or person in need. Before offering charity to someone, make sure he is, in fact, needy, and not just some fashion fiend dressed like a homeless person!

Charity comes in many forms including monetary donation, volunteering, or providing clothes and food for those less fortunate. The Greek poet Homer said, “The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.” Think of charity, then, as something that may cost you a little, but can benefit someone else greatly. Charity also refers to a nice way to treat people, an organization that helps people, or a plant with blue and white flowers.

Primary Meanings of charity

1.
n
an institution set up to provide help to the needy
2.
n
a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
3.
n
pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
Full Definitions of charity
1

n an institution set up to provide help to the needy

Types:
community chest
a charity supported by individual subscriptions; defrays the demands on a community for social welfare
soup kitchen
a place where food is dispensed to the needy
Type of:
establishment, institution
an organization founded and united for a specific purpose

n a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)

Types:
philanthropic foundation
a foundation that provides funds for science or art or education or religion or relief from disease etc.
private foundation
a charity that does not receive a major part of its support from the public
public charity
a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
Type of:
foundation
an institution supported by an endowment
2

n a kindly and lenient attitude toward people

Synonyms:
brotherly love
Type of:
benevolence
an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
supernatural virtue, theological virtue
according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues

n an activity or gift that benefits the public at large

Types:
handout
giving money or food or clothing to a needy person
zakat
the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship
Type of:
gift, giving
the act of giving
3

n pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers

Synonyms:
Greek valerian, Jacob's ladder, Polemonium caeruleum, Polemonium van-bruntiae, Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae
Type of:
polemonium
any plant of the genus Polemonium; most are low-growing often foul-smelling plants of temperate to Arctic regions

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