The definition of charity is an act or feeling of kindness or goodwill or a voluntary gift of money or time to those in need.(noun)
An example of charity is a donation of ten dollars a month to a local food bank.
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noun pl. charities
Origin: ME & OFr charite < L caritas, costliness, esteem, affection (in Vulg., often used as transl. of LGr(Ec) agapē, agape) < carus, dear, valued < IE *karo- < base *ka-, to like, desire > whore
Origin: see charity
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noun pl. char·i·ties
Origin: Middle English charite
Origin: , from Old French, Christian love
Origin: , from Latin cāritās, affection
Origin: , from cārus, dear; see kā- in Indo-European roots.
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