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eleemosynary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj eleemosynary generous in assistance to the poor "a benevolent contributor","eleemosynary relief","philanthropic contributions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eleemosynary Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance. "Eleemosynary cures."
    • Eleemosynary Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity; as, an eleemosynary corporation.
    • Eleemosynary Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eleemosynary Of or pertaining to alms; derived from or provided by charity; charitable: as, an eleemosynary fund; an eleemosynary hospital.
    • eleemosynary Relating to charitable donations; intended for the distribution of alms, or for the use and management of donations and bequests, whether for the subsistence of the poor or for the conferring of any gratuitous benefit.
    • eleemosynary Dependent upon charity; receiving charitable aid or support: as, the eleemosynary poor.
    • n eleemosynary One who subsists on charity; one who lives by receiving alms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eleemosynary el-e-mos′i-nar-i relating to charity or almsgiving: dependent on charity: given in charity.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. eleemosynarius, fr. eleemosyna, alms, Gr. alms. See Alms
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. eleēmosynē, compassionateness, alms—eleos, pity. See Alms.

Usage

In literature:

The bounteous alms of John the eleemosynary were dictated by superstition, or benevolence, or policy.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
The bounteous alms of John the eleemosynary were dictated by superstition, or benevolence, or policy.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
Was it fit, he asks, that she should receive, in this eleemosynary form, a small portion of what was in truth a debt?
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Not an eleemosynary institution for the diseased, I hope?
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Newspaper Enterprise, Mails, Eleemosynary Institutions.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Well was it for me, as it proved, that my necessities drove me to the dead-house to forget hunger, and obtain eleemosynary warmth.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
I trust you are quite satisfied with the result of your eleemosynary performances at the Row.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Curious eleemosynary phases of our monkish system, these modern times reveal.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Don't deny it, you eleemosynary rascal, don't deny it.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
He returned it, saying that he could not, though steeped in poverty, accept chance eleemosynary aid.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
It's an eleemosynary institution.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
But Moore detested all eleemosynary aid.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
They are engaged principally in educational and eleemosynary work, and the development in such institutions is considerable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
The one is the excellent Eleemosynary Committee.
"Working Women of Japan" by Sidney Lewis Gulick
The eleemosynary branch maintains a certain number of resident and non-resident poor people.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Ours is an eleemosynary institution, instructing its members, helping them to seek happiness.
"Etidorhpa or the End of Earth." by John Uri Lloyd
Railroads are not eleemosynary institutions.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Gabrielle being too crushed to make a motion must be stirred up with an eleemosynary stab.
"The Maid of Honour, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
No perpetuities shall be allowed, except for eleemosynary purposes.
"History of the State of California" by John T. Frost
I gave him an eleemosynary sixpence, as he told me he was getting on pretty well.
"Love Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Volume 2 of 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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In poetry:

This water free for rich, or poor,
Works eleemosynary cure.
Too long have venal fountains flow'd
From Bath, from Bristol, Holt and Road.
"Superstition: A Tale" by Samuel Bowden

In news:

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