Word of the Day
Thursday, August 19, 1999

Definitions for eleemosynary

  1. Of or for charity; charitable; as, "an eleemosynary institution."
  2. Given in charity; having the nature of alms; as, "eleemosynary assistance."
  3. Supported by or dependent on charity; as, "the eleemosynary poor."

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Citations for eleemosynary
We also need to revive the great eleemosynary institutions through which compassionate people serve those in need with both greater flexibility and discipline than government agencies are capable. Clifford F. Thies, The World & I
An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who keeps 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, Tom Jones
Origin of eleemosynary
The source of eleemosynary is Medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from Late Latin eleemosyna, "alms," from Greek eleemosyne, from eleemon, "pitiful," from eleos, "pity."