Variant of alms
- money, food, clothes, etc. given to poor people
- Obsolete a deed of mercy
Origin: Middle English almesse ; from Old English ælmesse ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin eleemosyna ; from Classical Greek eleēmosynē, pity, mercy (in Septuagint and amp; New Testament , charity, alms) ; from eleēmōn, merciful ; from eleos, mercy, origin, originally , woe, probably ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form el- from source Norwegian dialect, dialectal jalm, noise
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