WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
char•i•ty /ˈtʃærɪti/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. gifts of money or things to aid the poor, ill, or helpless:[uncountable]She was too proud to accept charity.
  2. a charitable fund, organization, foundation, or institution: [uncountable]He gave a lot to charity but no one ever knew it.[countable]Various charities provided food for the homeless.
  3. [uncountable] a generous feeling, esp. toward those in need: to do something out of charity.
  4. tolerance in judging others:[uncountable]He had the charity to forgive those hateful remarks.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
char•i•ty  (chari tē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless:to devote one's life to charity.
  2. something given to a person or persons in need;
    alms:She asked for work, not charity.
  3. a charitable act or work.
  4. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution:He left his estate to a charity.
  5. benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in need or in disfavor:She looked so poor that we fed her out of charity.
  6. leniency in judging others;
    forbearance:She was inclined to view our selfish behavior with charity.
  7. ReligionChristian love;
    agape.
chari•ty•less, adj. 
  • Latin cāritāt- (stem of cāritās), equivalent. to cār(us) dear (akin to caress, cherish, Kama, whore) + -itāt- -ity
  • Old French
  • Middle English charite 1125–75
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged kindliness, consideration, humanity, benignity, sympathy.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged malevolence.

Char•i•ty  (chari tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a female given name.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

charity /ˈtʃærɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. the giving of help, money, food, etc, to those in need
  2. (as modifier): a charity show
  3. an institution or organization set up to provide help, money, etc, to those in need
  4. the help, money, etc, given to the needy; alms
  5. a kindly and lenient attitude towards people
  6. love of one's fellow men
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French charite, from Latin cāritās affection, love, from cārus dear



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