What does charity mean?

Definitions for charity
ˈtʃær ɪ tichar·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. charitynoun

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

  2. charity, brotherly lovenoun

    a kindly and lenient attitude toward people

  3. charitynoun

    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-bruntiaenoun

    pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers

  5. charitynoun

    an institution set up to provide help to the needy


  1. charitynoun

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

  2. charitynoun

    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

  3. charitynoun

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

  4. charitynoun

    The goods or money given to those in need.

  5. charitynoun

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

  6. Charitynoun

    A female given name from English.

  7. Charitynoun

    The 107th sura of the Qur'an.

  8. 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. Charitynoun

    love; universal benevolence; good will

  2. Charitynoun

    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. Charitynoun

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

  4. Charitynoun

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

  5. Charitynoun

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

  6. Charitynoun

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


  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

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  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. Anuj Somany:

    If the so-called celebrity has been doing so much charity as shown by the news media, then wondering where is the requirement to beg donation from the common men of the society.

  2. Emanuele Mancuso:

    Due to the climate of everything surrounding our golf tournament Shadow Cabaret has decided to cancel this event, we want to apologize to anyone that may have been offended by the tournament. Our intention was to raise money for a deserving local charity. Trump Doral, Trump Doral, has no association with our company outside of simply allowing us to rent the golf course.

  3. Lual Mayen:

    You don't have to be a charity to change the world. You can be an individual who is actually playing a video game, and you're helping somebody in a refugee camp, i want other refugees to understand that we're not here just to survive. We are also here to thrive.

  4. Norah Jones:

    Whether we're musicians or fans, we all miss sharing the experience of live music, i'll be highlighting a different charity every week on my Facebook page to send some love to the folks who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the live music industry and have had their jobs put on hold. I can't wait to all be together again.

  5. Richard Baxter:

    In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.

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  • welwillendheidsorganisasieAfrikaans
  • صدقة, إحسانArabic
  • благотворителност, благотворителна организация, милосърдиеBulgarian
  • dobročinnost, charitaCzech
  • velgørenhedDanish
  • Wohltätigkeitsorganisation, Nächstenliebe, WohltätigkeitGerman
  • αγαθοεργία, καλοσύνη, φιλανθρωπίαGreek
  • entidad benéfica, caridad, amor al prójimoSpanish
  • خیرات, صدقهPersian
  • hyväntekeväisyys, hyväntekeväisyysjärjestö, armeliaisuusFinnish
  • charitéFrench
  • caridadeGalician
  • צדקהHebrew
  • दानHindi
  • jótékonyságHungarian
  • amalIndonesian
  • góðgerðarstofnun, góðgerðarstarfsemiIcelandic
  • carità, organizzazione benefica, ente di beneficenzaItalian
  • צדקהHebrew
  • 慈善Japanese
  • қайырымдылықKazakh
  • ದಾನKannada
  • 慈善, 자선Korean
  • caritateLatin
  • labdarībaLatvian
  • добротворна организација, добротворност, добротворен прилог, милосрдиеMacedonian
  • naastenliefde, liefdadigheidsinstelling, liefdadigheidDutch
  • veldedighetNorwegian
  • caritatOccitan
  • dobroczynnośćPolish
  • [[instituição]] [[de]] [[caridade]], doação, caridadePortuguese
  • caritateRomanian
  • благотворительное общество, богадельня, милостыня, милосердие, благотворительностьRussian
  • dobrodavanje, dobrodavati, dobrodavstvoSerbo-Croatian
  • välgörenhetsorganisation, välgörenhet, välgSwedish
  • தொண்டுTamil
  • sadakaTurkish
  • благодійністьUkrainian
  • صدقہUrdu

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