• WordNet 3.6
    • n philanthropy voluntary promotion of human welfare
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Philanthropy Love to mankind; benevolence toward the whole human family; universal good will; desire and readiness to do good to all men; -- opposed to misanthropy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n philanthropy Love of mankind, especially as evinced in deeds of practical beneficence and endeavors for the good of one's fellows.
    • n philanthropy Synonyms Philanthropy, Charity. Originally these words were the same, meaning the love of fellow-man, a sense which philanthropy retains, but charity (except in Biblical language: see 1 Cor. xiii., authorized version) has lost. Each expresses both spirit and action; but philanthropy cannot be applied to a concrete act, while charity may; hence we speak of a charity, but not of a philanthropy; on the other hand, as a spirit, philanthropy looks upon human welfare as a thing to be promoted, especially by preventing or mitigating actual suffering, while charity, outside of Biblical usage, is simply disposed to take as favorable a view as possible of the character, conduct, motives, or the like, of a fellow-man. As activity, charity helps men individually; philanthropy helps the individual as a member of the race, or provides for large numbers. Philanthropy agitates for prison-reform and the provision of occupation for released convicts; charity gives a released convict such personal help as he needs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Philanthropy fi-lan′thrō-pi love of mankind, esp. as shown in good deeds and services to others: goodwill towards all men
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. philanthropia, Gr. : cf. F. philanthropie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. philanthrōpiaphilos, loving, anthrōpos, a man.


In literature:

Did Wittemore, majoring in philanthropy, ever spend nights like this?
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
The attention of philanthropy might well turn to the little ones, however.
"Morocco" by S.L. Bensusan
You cannot indulge in philanthropy in a business undertaking these days, Silent John.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
That confounded supper at Lewis's has spoiled my digestion and my philanthropy.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II" by Thomas Moore
Those who, from philanthropy, are for relieving all, soon find themselves deceived, and unable to proceed.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
If malice and vanity wear the coat of philanthropy, shall that pass?
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
We do not rise to philanthropy all at once.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
Saint Peter losing his saintly temper over the expansive philanthropy of millionaires.
"Americans and Others" by Agnes Repplier
They organized poor relief and led in private philanthropy.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
A diffusive philanthropy is Christianity itself.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone

In poetry:

What’s man but a heathenish bandit?
Earth’s charity proves but a lie -
Tis given with looks that remand it;
Philanthropy’s all in your eye.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
Good statesmanship's acutest scheme,
Philosophy's most perfect dream,
Democracy's pet plan,
Philanthropy's devoted will,
Not all our zeal, nor all our skill
Can heal the wounds of Man!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. XII. The Liberator" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
In spite of adversity, trouble, and scorn,
And all your philanthropy deems Wretched and ragged, and vile and forlorn,
No son of misfortune that ever was born
Is really the wretch that he seems.
"The Truth About Pity" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

"In many ways, collecting donations in that little orange box was my first experience with philanthropy .".
Stack spoke to The Star-Ledger about the business of philanthropy .
In his late 60s, he added something just as different: personal philanthropy .
"He was a leader in business, philanthropy and with his family," said Jewish Community Federation Executive Director Michael Dzik, "and he cared deeply about all those things.
One of the most significant figures in Twin Cities arts philanthropy has died.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy just released its list of the most generous donors of 2011.
The family then turned much of its attention to philanthropy .
Ellen Revelle was a descendant of the prominent Scripps family and wife of a legendary scientist and educator, but she forged her own legacy as a leader in philanthropy and devoted supporter of arts and education in San Diego.
Kellogg was presented the award Thursday at the Jackson Country Club as part of National Philanthropy Day.
The latest news on philanthropy .
The latest news about philanthropy , including archives, Commentary, and special reports.
10 Secret Rules of Hollywood Philanthropy .
Eastern Sierra's 2012 Philanthropy Guide.
Who?- Anyone can practice philanthropy .
2012 Summit on Philanthropy registration deadline nears.