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philanthropy

[fi-lan-thruh-pee]
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noun, plural phi·lan·thro·pies.
  1. altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.
  2. the activity of donating to such persons or purposes in this way: to devote one's later years to philanthropy.
  3. a particular act, form, or instance of this activity: The art museum was their favorite philanthropy.
  4. an organization devoted to helping needy persons or to other socially useful purposes.
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Origin of philanthropy

1600–10; earlier philanthropia < Late Latin < Greek philanthrōpía love for mankind. See phil-, anthropo-, -y3
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generositycharitybenefactionassistancebeneficencedolefunddonationreliefalmscontributionaltruismendowmentgifting

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British Dictionary definitions for philanthropy

philanthropy

noun plural -pies
  1. the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions
  2. love of mankind in general
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Derived Formsphilanthropist or philanthrope (ˈfɪlənˌθrəʊp), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin philanthrōpia, from Greek: love of mankind, from philos loving + anthrōpos man
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Word Origin and History for philanthropy

n.

c.1600, from Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthropia "kindliness, humanity, benevolence, love to mankind" (from gods, men, or things), from philanthropos (adj.) "loving mankind, useful to man," from phil- "loving" (see philo-) + anthropos "mankind" (see anthropo-). Originally in English in the Late Latin form; modern spelling attested from 1620s.

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