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[mass noun] (in historical or religious contexts) the practice of giving money or food to poor people:‘benevolence in the form of almsgiving was encouraged’
benevolence, generosity, humanitarianism, public-spiritedness, altruism, social conscience, social concern, charity, charitableness, brotherly love, fellow feeling, magnanimity, munificence, liberality, largesse, open-handedness, bountifulness, beneficence, benignity, unselfishness, selflessness, humanity, kindness, kind-heartedness, big-heartedness, compassion, humanenessView synonyms
- ‘There are three traditional focuses for our Lenten observance and they are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.’
- ‘The widow Sofia pleased God with her prayers, fasting, and almsgiving.’
- ‘The spiritual practices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting are to move us closer to God, not farther from each other.’
- ‘He was a regular observer of religious rites, took great pains to secure decorum in the services of the church, and was generous in almsgiving both within his empire and without.’
- ‘With its emphasis on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Lent is a time when we are invited to leave our controlled and comfortable environment and enter a place of emptiness and need.’
- ‘Venial sins were to be cleansed by daily use of the Lord's Prayer and by almsgiving.’
- ‘One dimension of Lent that tends to get pushed to the side is the practice of almsgiving.’
- ‘Of course, there are other forms of almsgiving than money, such as time and talent.’
- ‘In this theater almsgiving is rewarded by trumpet fanfare, prayer is a public parade, and the discomfort of fasting is a spectacle.’
- ‘If the heart is not inspired by sincerity in bestowing alms then almsgiving becomes mere display.’
- ‘After Richard's death in 1199, Berengaria lived on her dower lands at Le Mans, France, where she was famed for her almsgiving.’
- ‘The growing alienation of the elites had turned poverty from an opportunity for the Christian virtue of almsgiving into a sign of moral failure.’
- ‘He was in charge of the care of church property and almsgiving.’
- ‘They forgot that God was actually the beginning and end of all their prayer, fasting and almsgiving - and began to see the world revolving round themselves.’
- ‘The community had to see, in public weeping, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, clear symbols of repentance so that the reclamation of the individual could be entire.’
- ‘On the other hand, Jesus points out that if believers faithfully practice almsgiving, prayer, and fasting then an unstated heavenly reward awaits them.’
- ‘When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.’
- ‘He encouraged devotion to the Host as well as daily almsgiving.’
- ‘Compassion is at least as key in education as in almsgiving.’
- ‘Welsh kings and lesser lords did participate in an expensive and conspicuously pious practice: they employed what wealth they had on extravagant almsgiving.’
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