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charity

[ char-i-tee ]
/ ˈtʃær ɪ ti /
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noun, plural char·i·ties.
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Origin of charity

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English charite, from Old French charite, cherite, from Latin cāritāt- (stem of cāritās “high price, costliness, dearness, affection, esteem”), equivalent to cār(us) “costly, dear” + -itāt- noun suffix; see cherish, Kama, caress;see also -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM charity

char·i·ty·less, adjectiveo·ver·char·i·ty, nounpro·char·i·ty, adjective

Other definitions for charity (2 of 2)

Charity
[ char-i-tee ]
/ ˈtʃær ɪ ti /

noun
a female given name.
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How to use charity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for charity

charity
/ (ˈtʃærɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
  1. the giving of help, money, food, etc, to those in need
  2. (as modifier)a charity show
  1. an institution or organization set up to provide help, money, etc, to those in need
  2. (as modifier)charity funds
the help, money, etc, given to the needy; alms
a kindly and lenient attitude towards people
love of one's fellow men

Word Origin for charity

C13: from Old French charite, from Latin cāritās affection, love, from cārus dear
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