- the giving of help, money, food, etc, to those in need
- (as modifier): a charity show
- an institution or organization set up to provide help, money, etc, to those in need
- the help, money, etc, given to the needy; alms
- a kindly and lenient attitude towards people
- love of one's fellow men
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- gifts of money or things to aid the poor, ill, or helpless:[uncountable]She was too proud to accept charity.
- 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.
- [uncountable] a generous feeling, esp. toward those in need: to do something out of charity.
- tolerance in judging others:[uncountable]He had the charity to forgive those hateful remarks.
- generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless:to devote one's life to charity.
- something given to a person or persons in need;
alms:She asked for work, not charity.
- a charitable act or work.
- a charitable fund, foundation, or institution:He left his estate to a charity.
- benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in need or in disfavor:She looked so poor that we fed her out of charity.
- leniency in judging others;
forbearance:She was inclined to view our selfish behavior with charity.
- ReligionChristian love;
- 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 (char′i tē),USA pronunciation n.
- a female given name.