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.

Definitions of charity
  1. noun
    an institution set up to provide help to the needy
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    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
  2. noun
    a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
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    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
  3. noun
    a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
    synonyms: brotherly love
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    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
  4. noun
    an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
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    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
  5. noun
    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
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    polemonium
    any plant of the genus Polemonium; most are low-growing often foul-smelling plants of temperate to Arctic regions
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