charity

I
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Kindness]
Syn. benevolence, magnanimity, compassion; see kindness 1 , mercy 1 , tolerance 1 .
2. [An organization to aid the needy]
Syn. charitable institution, philanthropy, foundation, fund, welfare organization, eleemosynary corporation; see also foundation 3 .
Organized charities include: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Foundation for AIDS Research, American Foundation for the Blind, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, CARE, Catholic Charities, Community Chest, Easter Seal Society, Goodwill, Heart and Lung Foundation, Jewish Welfare Fund, Leukemia Society Inc., Lupus Foundation, March of Dimes, Medico, Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation Corp., Muscular Dystrophy Association of America Inc., National Association of the Deaf, National Association for Retarded Children, National Mental Health Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Epilepsy League, National Foundation for Neuromuscular Diseases, National Hemophilia Foundation, National Kidney Foundation Inc., National Paraplegia Foundation Inc., National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, National Tuberculosis Association, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Salvation Army, United Cerebral Palsy Association Inc., United Fund, United Health Foundation Inc., United Leukemia Fund Inc., United Negro College Fund, United Ostomy Association, United Parkinson Foundation, United Way.
3. [Money or help given to those in need]
Syn. donation, alms, welfare, handout*; see gift 1 .
See Synonym Study at mercy .
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. generosity benevolence, philanthropy, freehandedness, humanitarianism, magnanimity, altruism, softheartedness.
2. alms contribution, welfare, donation, assistance, aid, benefaction, dole, endowment. ''The spice of riches.''—Hebrew proverb. ''A debt of honor.''—Immanuel Kant. Doing good for good-for-nothing people.''—Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
3. kindness forgiveness, tolerance, lenience, benevolence, sympathy, mercy, softheartedness, compassion.
ANT.: 1. cheapness, stinginess, miserliness. 3. meanness, cruelty, intolerance
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Something given to a charity or cause: alms, benefaction, beneficence, contribution, donation, gift, handout, offering, subscription. See GIVE. 2. Kindly, charitable interest in others: altruism, beneficence, benevolence, benignancy, benignity, charitableness, goodwill, grace, kind-heartedness, kindliness, kindness, philanthropy. See ATTITUDE, KIND. 3. Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others: clemency, grace, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercifulness, mercy. See FORGIVENESS. 4. Forbearing or lenient treatment: charitableness, forbearance, indulgence, lenience, leniency, lenity, tolerance, toleration. See ACCEPT.

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  • Charity — Char i*ty, n.; pl. {Charities}. [F. charit[ e] fr. L. caritas dearness, high regard, love, from carus dear, costly, loved; asin to Skr. kam to wish, love, cf. Ir. cara a friend, W. caru to love. Cf. {Caress}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Love; universal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • charity — char‧i‧ty [ˈtʆærti] noun charities PLURALFORM 1. [countable] an organization that collects money to help people, for example those who are sick or poor, or to help certain types of activity such as artistic activity ; =NOT FOR PROFIT… …   Financial and business terms

  • charity — char·i·ty n pl ties: a gift for humanitarian, philanthropic, or other purposes beneficial to the public (as maintaining a public building); also: an institution (as a hospital or school) or organization founded by such a gift compare private… …   Law dictionary

  • charity — 1 *mercy, clemency, grace, lenity Analogous words: love, affection, *attachment: benevolence, humaneness, altruism (see corresponding adjectives at CHARITABLE): benignity, benignancy, kindness, kindliness (see corresponding adjectives at KIND):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Charity — Charity …   Wikipedia Español

  • Charity — f English: from the vocabulary word, denoting originally the Christian s love for his fellow man (Latin caritās, from carus dear). In spite of St Paul s words ‘and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is… …   First names dictionary

  • charity — (n.) mid 12c., benevolence for the poor, from O.Fr. charité (O.N.Fr. carité), from L. caritatem (nom. caritas) costliness, esteem, affection (in Vulgate often used as translation of Gk. agape love especially Christian love of fellow man perhaps… …   Etymology dictionary

  • charity — ► NOUN (pl. charities) 1) an organization set up to help those in need. 2) the voluntary giving of money or other help to those in need. 3) help or money given in this way. 4) tolerance in judging others. ● charity begins at home Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • charity — [n1] generosity, gift alms, alms giving, assistance, benefaction, beneficence, contribution, dole, donation, endowment, fund, gifting, hand*, hand out, helping hand*, largesse, oblation, offering, philanthropy, relief, write off; concepts 337,657 …   New thesaurus

  • Charity — [char′i tē] n. [see CHARITY] a feminine name …   English World dictionary

  • charity — /ˈtʃariti, ingl. ˈtʃærɪtɪ/ [vc. ingl., propr. «carità, beneficenza»] s. f. inv. 1. evento benefico 2. ente benefico, fondazione, onlus …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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