[el-uh-mos-uh-ner-ee, -moz-, el-ee-uh-]
- of or relating to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
- derived from or provided by charity.
- dependent on or supported by charity: an eleemosynary educational institution.
Origin of eleemosynary
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Examples from the Web for eleemosynary
Is it to the presidency of a board of visitors of an eleemosynary institution?
Who thinks of alms and eleemosynary as coming from the same Greek word?The Booklover and His Books
Harry Lyman Koopman
Of the amount of the eleemosynary harvest, no intimation is to be found.Not Paul, But Jesus
The case before the court is clearly that of an eleemosynary corporation.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster
We looked at it indifferently as he held it out with an eleemosynary gesture.Leaves from a Field Note-Book
J. H. Morgan
- of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
- given as an act of charity
C17: from Church Latin eleēmosyna alms
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Word Origin and History for eleemosynary
1610s, from Medieval Latin eleemosynarius "pertaining to alms," from Late Latin eleemosyna "alms," from Greek eleemosyne "pity" (see alms).
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