Eleemosynary meaning

ĕlə-mŏsə-nĕrē, ĕlē-ə-
Of, relating to, or dependent on charity.
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Of or for charity or alms; charitable.
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Supported by or dependent on charity.
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Given as charity; free.
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Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving.
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Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance.
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Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
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(obsolete) A beggar.
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Origin of eleemosynary

  • Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius from Late Latin eleēmosyna alms alms

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

  • From Medieval Latin eleemosynarius (“alms dispenser”), from Late Latin eleemosyna (“alms”), from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (eleos, “pity”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Italian elemosina.

    From Wiktionary