What does philanthropy mean?

Definitions for philanthropy
fɪˈlæn θrə piphi·lan·thropy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. philanthropy, philanthropic gift(noun)

    voluntary promotion of human welfare


  1. Philanthropy(n.)

    An active effort to promote human welfare; humanitarian activity. in this sense, it is an action, not merely a state of mind.

  2. Philanthropy(n.)

    An organization whose purpose is to engage in philanthropy(2), and is supported by funds from one or a small number of wealthy individuals; a type of charity, the source of whose funds is typically from a wealthy individual or a corporation, or a trust fund established by a wealthy individual. It is distinguished from other charitable organizations in that the source of funds of other charities may come from a large number of sources, or from public solicitation.

  3. Origin: [L. philanthropia, Gr. filanqrwpi`a: cf. F. philanthropie.]


  1. philanthropy(Noun)

    Benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind, especially by charitable giving

    As public funding is reduced, we depend increasingly on private philanthropy.

  2. philanthropy(Noun)

    A philanthropic act

    His tombstone lists his various philanthropies.

  3. philanthropy(Noun)

    A charitable foundation

    the Rockefeller philanthropies

  4. Origin: From philanthropia, from . The prefix phil- comes from φίλος, from the verb φίλω. -anthropy comes from the noun ἄνθρωπος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philanthropy(noun)

    love to mankind; benevolence toward the whole human family; universal good will; desire and readiness to do good to all men; -- opposed to misanthropy

  2. Origin: [L. philanthropia, Gr. filanqrwpi`a: cf. F. philanthropie.]


  1. Philanthropy

    Philanthropy etymologically means "pretty" in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, and enhancing "what it is to be human" on both the benefactors' and beneficiaries' parts. The most conventional modern definition is "private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life". The word was first coined as an adjective, by Aeschylus in Prometheus Bound, to describe Prometheus' character as "humanity loving", for having given to the earliest proto-humans, who had no culture, fire and "blind hope". Together, they would be used to improve the human condition, to save mankind from destruction. Thus humans were distinguished from all other animals by civilization the power to complete their own creation through education and culture, expressed in good works benefitting others. The Greek word for a philanthropic culture was paideia. The first use of the noun form philanthrôpía came shortly thereafter in the early Platonic dialogue Euthyphro, where Socrates is reported to have said that his "pouring out" of his thoughts freely to his listeners was his philanthrôpía. The Philosophical Dictionary of the Platonic Academy defined philanthrôpía as "A state of well educated habits stemming from love of humanity. A state of being productive of benefit to humans. A state of grace. Mindfulness together with good works." In the first century BC, both paideia and philanthrôpía were translated into Latin by the single word humanitas which was also understood to be the core of liberal education studia humanitatis, the studies of humanity, or simply "the humanities". In the second century AD, Plutarch used the concept of philanthrôpía to describe superior human beings. This Classically synonymous troika, of philanthropy, the humanities, and liberal education, declined with the Fall of Rome, during the Middle Ages philanthrôpía was superseded by caritas charity, selfless love, valued for salvation. The Classical notion was revived with the Renaissance, and flourished through the 18th century as a central secular value of the Enlightenment, in this spirit it was cited by Alexander Hamilton "This will add the inducements of philanthropy to those of patriotism...." in the opening paragraph of the First Federalist Paper, as a rationale for ratifying our Constitution.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Philanthropy

    fi-lan′thrō-pi, n. love of mankind, esp. as shown in good deeds and services to others: goodwill towards all men.—ns. Phil′anthrope, Philan′thropist, one who tries to benefit mankind.—adjs. Philanthrop′ic, -al, doing good to others, benevolent.—adv. Philanthrop′ically. [L.,—Gr. philanthrōpiaphilos, loving, anthrōpos, a man.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Philanthropy

    Contribution or provision of various resources to a specific cause.

    Philanthropy is part of the solution to creating the world we choose.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 16, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of philanthropy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of philanthropy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of philanthropy in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    True Philanthropist is selfless at heart, and doesn't let her/his left hand know what the right hand is doing; so that the noble act of giving remains an absolute secret. Self-promotion of charitable acts is against the true spirit of Philanthropy, in my view.

  2. Jeff Bezos:

    In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share, my approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    There is a subtle difference between Charity and Philanthropy. In my view, the act of Charity is when you give a fish to the hungry person, while Philanthropy is when you teach her/him how to fish. Our world needs both, Charity as well as Philanthropy.

  4. Adhi Nagraj:

    We need them to invest and not just rely on the philanthropy of private donors.

  5. Duncan Clark:

    Jack Ma has been signaling for some time Jack Ma interests in philanthropy, environment, women's empowerment, education and development.

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