Thursday, August 19, 1999
eleemosynary adjective [el-uh-MOS-uh-ner-ee] of or relating to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
Definitions for eleemosynary
- 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.
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Citations for eleemosynary
An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
An under-the-wire millionaire with a good eleemosynary record behind him who left a fortieth of his estate to charity qualified as a philanthropist.
Origin of eleemosynary
Eleemosynary has roots in the Greek term éleos meaning “compassion; pity.” It entered English in the early 1600s.