• WordNet 3.6
    • n charity an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
    • n charity a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
    • n charity an institution set up to provide help to the needy
    • n charity a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
    • n charity pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Herbert Hoover, who was the 31st president of the United Stated, turned over all the Federal salary checks he received to charity during the 47 years he was in government
    • Charity A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity .
    • Charity (Law) Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions. "The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
      Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers."
    • Charity Liberality in judging of men and their actions; a disposition which inclines men to put the best construction on the words and actions of others. "The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable."
    • Charity Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity. "The heathen poet, in commending the charity of Dido to the Trojans, spake like a Christian."
    • Charity Love; universal benevolence; good will. "Now abideth faith, hope, charity , three; but the greatest of these is charity .""They, at least, are little to be envied, in whose hearts the great charities . . . lie dead.""With malice towards none, with charity for all."
    • Charity Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness. "She did ill then to refuse her a charity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1949 UNICEF produced the first charity Christmas card. The picture shown on the card was painted by a seven year old girl
    • n charity In New Testament usage, love, in its highest and broadest manifestation.
    • n charity In a general sense, the good affections men ought to feel toward one another; good will.
    • n charity Specifically Benevolence; liberality in relieving the wants of others; philanthropy.
    • n charity Any act of kindness or benevolence; a good deed in behalf of another: as, it would be a charity to refrain from criticizing him.
    • n charity Specifically Alms; anything bestowed gratuitously on a person or persons in need.
    • n charity Liberality or allowance in judging others and their actions; a disposition inclined to favorable judgments.
    • n charity A charitable institution; a foundation for the relief of a certain class of persons by alms, education, or care; especially, a hospital.
    • n charity In law, a gift in trust for promoting the welfare of the community or of mankind at large, or some indefinite part of it, as an endowment for a public hospital, school, church, or library, as distinguished from a gift which, being for the benefit of particular persons, gives them a right to its enjoyment. Early in the history of English law, the chancellors established the rule that informalities and illegalities which by the common law would invalidate a private trust should not be allowed to defeat a public charity, and that therefore chancery should intervene to prevent the heirs or next of kin from defeating such a gift, should appoint a trustee if none existed, and, if any of the directions of the founder were impracticable, should supply others approximate thereto. The most familiar application of the rule is in the doctrine that the prohibition against perpetuities does not affect a charity. (See perpetuity.) The question what constitutes a charity within this rule has been the subject of much litigation.
    • n charity Synonyms Liberality, Generosity, etc. (see beneficence), indulgence, forbearance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • n Charity char′i-ti (N.T.) universal love: the disposition to think favourably of others, and do them good: almsgiving:
    • n Charity char′i-ti (pl.) affections
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  • George Arnold
    George Arnold
    “The living need charity more than the dead.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “In charity there is no excess.”
  • Jacques BeNigne Bossuet
    Jacques BeNigne Bossuet
    “Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity.”
  • J. S. Buckminster
    J. S. Buckminster
    “The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.”


Charity begins at home - This idiom means that family members are more important than anyone else, and should be the focus of a person's efforts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. charité, fr. L. caritas, dearness, high regard, love, from carus, dear, costly, loved; asin to Skr. kam, to wish, love, cf. Ir. cara, a friend, W. caru, to love. Cf. Caress
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. charité—L. caritat-em, carus, dear.


In literature:

Do you feel moved with any charity towards children as you look at them?
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
I have thought of the Governor's wife's name, missus name, it was Charity.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
In advocating the case of the persons thus dispossessed, it is a right, and not a charity, that I am pleading for.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
In advocating the case of the persons thus dispossessed, it is a right, and not a charity, that I am pleading for.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
When justice is done, the mission of charity is finished!
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Bishop Porteous preached the sermon, and 6,000 charity children joined in the service.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
For, said he, there is no distinction of parishes in heaven; and though charity begins at home, yet it ought not to end there.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
Lady Belfield, who was, if I may so speak, constitutionally charitable, almost thought that heaven might be purchased by charity.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
Even charity (so called) has lent its patronage against little children.
"Some Conditions of Child Life in England" by Benjamin Waugh
Come, Faith, and Hope, And Charity!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles

In poetry:

Familiariz'd to poverty,
On charity she stays;
While Fortune has enabled me
To run a pair of grays.
"Mutation" by William Hutton
NOT charity we ask,
Nor yet thy gift refuse;
Please thy light fancy with the easy task
Only to look and choose.
"The Promise" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So be it Art's insignia
Of undisputed royalty,
That out of largeness groweth love,
And out of choiceness, charity.
"Only A Chromo" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Parent to those, whose infant days
No human parent know;
To thee, O Charity! the praise
Of filial love shall flow.
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley
Parent to those, whose infant days
No human parent know;
To Thee, O Charity, the praise
Of filial love shall flow.
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley
All things were made but to subserve
Man's powers to improve,
And beautify his being here
Through charity and love.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Organizers hoped to set Guinness World Record, as well as raise money for the mental health charity.
CNN has found that this type of direct-mail marketing cost two veterans charities tens of millions of dollars.
Quadriga Art is one of the world's largest direct-mail providers to charities and non-profits.
Beware of charities disguised as detect sales Better Business Bureau.
Ohio charity president voices displeasure at Paul Ryan's 'photo op'.
These great gifts kick back to some great charities and causes.
Sam Reed's Fundraiser Rankings: Some Firms Charge Charity Clients More Than They Collect.
Humble Bundle does e-books: Pay as you like, donate to charity.
The NCAA teamed together with the Make-A-Wish foundation to form a partnership in 2003, as Make-A-Wish has now been Division II's national charity for nearly a decade.
S Anti- Doping Agency released its devastating 1,000-page report on his doping , the seven-time Tour de France winner stepped down as chairman of his cancer charity, Livestrong.
J' to make debut in celebrity charity tournament.
Join Tobias Celebrity Music Events for Charity and their Special Guest.
Last week, the socialite-heavy charity New Yorkers for Children hosted its annual "Wrap 2 Rap" afternoon benefit.
The Annual Kelser Charity Challenge Aims To Drive Out Lung Disease.
Anybody with even a shred of charity in their heart would have to be willing to allow director Todd Phillips a post-"Hangover" hangover.

In science:

Luckily, there are some options available which allows to give used electronics a second life by selling it used or donating it for charity. A very viable option for the first scenario are online market places like eBay or Craiglist among many others.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
If someone prefers donating their used electronics for charity, schools and similar public facilities are always happy to receive such support.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
Infact only those charity organizations take care of these children. These children do not have a very long life they may live maximum upto 10 years; this information was given by some experts from the charity organizations and NGOs who work for them they die mainly due to lack of proper nutrition and medical care.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Type II children were less critical they can respond sit or crawl and can be made to sit, walk with full support in some cases. These children are in general not left in the hands of caretakers in the charity organization. They are cared by close relatives in some of the cases.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
In particular, making government funding partially proportional to that received from industry and charities will benefit Oxford and Cambridge.
Astrophysics in 2006