money or goods contributed to the poor
Something given to the poor as charity, such as money, clothing or food.
anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity
Origin: [OE. almes, almesse, AS. lmysse, fr. L. eleemosyna, Gr. 'elehmosy`nh mercy, charity, alms, fr. 'eleei^n to pity. Cf. Almonry, Eleemosynary.]
Alms or almsgiving involves giving materially to another as an act of virtue. It exists in a number of religions and regions. The word, in the modern English language, comes from the Old English ælmesse, ælmes, from Late Latin eleemosyna, from Greek ἐλεημοσύνη eleēmosynē "pity, alms", from ἐλεήμων eleēmōn "merciful", from ἔλεος eleos "pity".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ämz, n. relief given out of pity to the poor.—ns. Alms′-deed, a charitable deed; Alms′-drink (Shak.), leavings of drink; Alms′-fee, an annual tax of one penny on every hearth, formerly sent from England to Rome, Peter's pence; Alms′house, a house endowed for the support and lodging of the poor; Alms′-man, a man who lives by alms. [A.S. ælmysse, through Late L., from Gr. eleēmosynē—eleos, 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.]
AMSL, lams, mals, slam
The numerical value of ALMS in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of ALMS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The greatest giver of alms is cowardice.
Giving alms to 100,000 monks is a once-in-a-lifetime event, it is a must.
Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.
Walking does good to the fat and giving alms does good to the sinners; these both make one feel lighter!
If you disclose your alms, even then it is well done, but if you keep them secret, and give them to the poor, then that is better still for you and this wipes off from you some of your evil deeds.
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- almoinaCatalan, Valencian
- limosna, caridadSpanish
- 施し物, 施しJapanese
- almisseNorwegian Nynorsk
- милостыня, подаяниеRussian
- của bố thíVietnamese
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