- 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.
An example of charity is a donation of ten dollars a month to a local food bank.
- Christian Theol. the love of God for humanity, or a love of one's fellow human beings
- an act of goodwill or affection
- the feeling of goodwill; benevolence
- kindness or leniency in judging others
- a voluntary giving of money or other help to those in need
- money or help so given
- an institution or other recipient of such help
- a welfare institution, organization, or fund
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French charite ; from Classical Latin caritas, costliness, esteem, affection (in Vulgate , often used as translated, translation of Ecclesiastical Late Greek agapē, agape) ; from carus, dear, valued ; from Indo-European an unverified form karo- ; from base an unverified form ka-, to like, desire from source whore
Origin: see charity
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noun pl. char·i·ties
- Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
- Something given to help the needy; alms.
- An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
- Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
- Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. See Synonyms at mercy.
- often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.
Origin: Middle English charite, from Old French, Christian love, from Latin cāritās, affection, from cārus, dear; see kā- in Indo-European roots.