• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Alms-fee an annual tax of one penny on every hearth, formerly sent from England to Rome, Peter's pence
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ælmysse, through Late L., from Gr. eleēmosynēeleos, compassion. Dr Murray notes the Scot. and North Country almous, awmous, as an independent adoption of the cognate Norse almusa; and the legal Almoign, Almoin, perpetual tenure by free gift of charity, from O. Fr., perhaps due to a confusion with alimonium.


In literature:

To give money under guise of a fee would be better than merely offering alms.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
There were burial service fees, candle dues, and plough alms.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
All alms and burial-fees were withdrawn, and the people refused even to attend mass in their church.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea