(countable and uncountable, plural philanthropies)
- (uncountable) Benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind, especially by charitable giving.
- As public funding is reduced, we depend increasingly on private philanthropy.
- A philanthropic act
- His tombstone lists his various philanthropies.
- A charitable foundation
- the Rockefeller philanthropies
From phil- +"Ž -anthropy.
The word comes from Late Latin philanthropia, from Ancient Greek. The prefix phil- comes from Ancient Greek Ï†Î¯Î»Î¿Ï‚ (philos, “friend"), from the verb Ï†Î¯Î»Ï‰ (philo, “I like, I love"). -anthropy comes from the noun á¼„Î½Î¸ÏÏ‰Ï€Î¿Ï‚ (anthrÅpos, “man; human").