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Thursday, August 19, 1999

Definitions for eleemosynary

  1. of or relating to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
  2. derived from or provided by charity.
  3. 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. Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
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. Geoffrey T. Hellman, "Sorting Out the Seligmans," The New Yorker, October 30, 1954
Origin of eleemosynary
1610-1620
Eleemosynary has roots in the Greek term éleos meaning “compassion; pity.” It entered English in the early 1600s.