What does charity mean?

Definitions for charity
ˈtʃær ɪ tichar·i·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word charity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. charity(noun)

    a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)

  2. charity, brotherly love(noun)

    a kindly and lenient attitude toward people

  3. charity(noun)

    an activity or gift that benefits the public at large

  4. Jacob's ladder, Greek valerian, charity, Polemonium caeruleum, Polemonium van-bruntiae, Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae(noun)

    pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers

  5. charity(noun)

    an institution set up to provide help to the needy

Wiktionary

  1. charity(Noun)

    Christian love; representing God's love of man, man's love of God, or man's love of his fellow-men.

    Etymology: From charity in the biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity) have been translated and used in many languages.

  2. charity(Noun)

    In general, an attitude of kindness and understanding towards others, now especially suggesting generosity.

    Judge thyself with the judgment of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgment of charity. uE000163396uE001 John Mitchell Mason

    Etymology: From charity in the biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity) have been translated and used in many languages.

  3. charity(Noun)

    Benevolence to others less fortunate than ourselves; the providing of goods or money to those in need.

    Etymology: From charity in the biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity) have been translated and used in many languages.

  4. charity(Noun)

    The goods or money given to those in need.

    Etymology: From charity in the biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity) have been translated and used in many languages.

  5. charity(Noun)

    An organization, the objective of which is to carry out a charitable purpose.

    Etymology: From charity in the biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity) have been translated and used in many languages.

  6. Charity(ProperNoun)

    A female given name from English.

    Etymology: From charity in the Biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 ("And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity") have been translated and used in many languages.

  7. Charity(ProperNoun)

    The 107th sura of the Qur'an.

    Etymology: From charity in the Biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 ("And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity") have been translated and used in many languages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charity(noun)

    love; universal benevolence; good will

  2. Charity(noun)

    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

  3. Charity(noun)

    liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity

  4. Charity(noun)

    whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness

  5. Charity(noun)

    a charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity

  6. Charity(noun)

    eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions

Freebase

  1. Charity

    In Christian theology charity, latin caritas, is by Thomas Aquinas understood as "the friendship of man for God", which "unites us to God". He holds it as "the most excellent of the virtues". Further, Aquinas holds that "the habit of charity extends not only to the love of God, but also to the love of our neighbor". Some delineate charity to mean only benevolent giving, while others, such as Roman Catholics, have multiple interrelated meanings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Charity

    char′i-ti, n. (N.T.) universal love: the disposition to think favourably of others, and do them good: almsgiving: (pl.) affections.—adj. Char′itable, of or relating to charity: liberal to the poor.—n. Char′itableness.—adv. Char′itably.—Cold as charity, an ironical phrase implying the coldness of much so-called charity, which should naturally be warm. [Fr. charité—L. caritat-em, carus, dear.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. charity

    1. A thing that begins at home, and usually stays there. 2. Bracing up Ralph Waldo Emerson's reputation by attributing to him literary mousetraps which he should have made, but didn't. (See Cheese.)

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'charity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2911

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'charity' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2981

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'charity' in Nouns Frequency: #1026

How to pronounce charity?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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How to say charity in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of charity in a Sentence

  1. Pounds Pitt:

    When I got off the bike I could relax and breathe easy, i loved the marathon because I ’m a runner. She finished the run in just over five hours. With the Ironman, she raised $ 60,000 for Interplast, which provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries. She has raised about $ 1 million for the charity over the last several years. More from Runner’s World : 5 Unhealthy.

  2. Deborah Moore:

    He actually turned down a lot of work because of his UNICEF commitments, he even used to get a little bit annoyed when he went on talk shows and found it hard to get around to talking about the charity. He ’d always come away and say, ‘ Oh I wish I ’d had more time to talk about UNICEF. ’.

  3. German proverb:

    Charity sees the need not the cause.

  4. Hillary Rodham Clinton:

    A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year -- at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign for the presidency …. The foundation’s latest list shows that even as Hillary Clinton began campaigning and attending lucrative fundraisers in advance of the 2016 race, some of Hillary Clinton top political supporters were increasing their donations to the Hillary Clinton Foundation, as were numerous corporations and foreign governments with interests before the U.S. government.

  5. The Briton:

    I quite like my face the way it is. Fighting someone you don’t like is easy. I like Daniel, so there’s no reason to fight him, i’d rather just give the money to charity. Why the hell am I going to risk this, man?.

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Translations for charity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • welwillendheidsorganisasieAfrikaans
  • إحسان, صدقةArabic
  • благотворителна организация, милосърдие, благотворителностBulgarian
  • charita, dobročinnostCzech
  • velgørenhedDanish
  • Wohltätigkeitsorganisation, Nächstenliebe, WohltätigkeitGerman
  • καλοσύνη, αγαθοεργία, φιλανθρωπίαGreek
  • entidad benéfica, amor al prójimo, caridadSpanish
  • صدقه, خیراتPersian
  • hyväntekeväisyys, armeliaisuus, hyväntekeväisyysjärjestöFinnish
  • charitéFrench
  • caridadeGalician
  • צדקהHebrew
  • दानHindi
  • jótékonyságHungarian
  • amalIndonesian
  • góðgerðarstofnun, góðgerðarstarfsemiIcelandic
  • carità, ente di beneficenza, organizzazione beneficaItalian
  • צדקהHebrew
  • 慈善Japanese
  • қайырымдылықKazakh
  • 慈善, 자선Korean
  • caritateLatin
  • labdarībaLatvian
  • добротворност, добротворен прилог, добротворна организација, милосрдиеMacedonian
  • naastenliefde, liefdadigheid, liefdadigheidsinstellingDutch
  • veldedighetNorwegian
  • caritatOccitan
  • dobroczynnośćPolish
  • caridade, doação, [[instituição]] [[de]] [[caridade]]Portuguese
  • caritateRomanian
  • богадельня, милостыня, благотворительность, милосердие, благотворительное обществоRussian
  • dobrodavanje, dobrodavstvo, dobrodavatiSerbo-Croatian
  • välgörenhet, välgörenhetsorganisation, välgSwedish
  • sadakaTurkish
  • благодійністьUkrainian
  • صدقہUrdu

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