Alms meaning

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Money or goods given as charity to the poor.
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The definition of alms are charitable donations of money, food, clothes or other needs of those who are impoverished.

An example of alms would be the food given to a soup kitchen.

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(obs.) A deed of mercy.
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Money, food, clothes, etc. given to poor people.
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Something given to the poor as charity, such as money, clothing or food.

She gave $10 weekly to the poor as alms.

Alms are distributed from the weekly collection for the purpose.

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Origin of alms

  • Middle English almes from Old English ælmesse from Late Latin eleēmosyna from Greek eleēmosunē pity, charity from eleēmōn pitiful from eleos pity

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English ælmesse, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (eleos, “mercy”).

    From Wiktionary