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[el-uh-mos-uh-ner-ee, -moz-, el-ee-uh-]
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  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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Origin of eleemosynary

1610–20; < Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius, equivalent to Late Latin eleēmosyn(a) (see alms) + Latin -ārius -ary
Related formsnon·el·ee·mos·y·nar·y, adjectiveun·el·ee·mos·y·nar·y, adjective
Can be confusedeleemosynary elementary (see synonym study at elementary)
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Related Words for eleemosynary

benevolent, charitable, gratuitous, philanthropic

Examples from the Web for eleemosynary

Historical Examples of eleemosynary

  • Is it to the presidency of a board of visitors of an eleemosynary institution?

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV


  • 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

    Jeremy Bentham

  • The case before the court is clearly that of an eleemosynary corporation.

  • We looked at it indifferently as he held it out with an eleemosynary gesture.

British Dictionary definitions for eleemosynary


  1. of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
  2. given as an act of charity
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Word Origin for eleemosynary

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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