Definition of almsgiving in English:



  • [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’
    • ‘There are three traditional focuses for our Lenten observance and they are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.’
    • ‘He encouraged devotion to the Host as well as daily almsgiving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Jesus points out that if believers faithfully practice almsgiving, prayer, and fasting then an unstated heavenly reward awaits them.’
    • ‘The widow Sofia pleased God with her prayers, fasting, and almsgiving.’
    • ‘One dimension of Lent that tends to get pushed to the side is the practice of 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this theater almsgiving is rewarded by trumpet fanfare, prayer is a public parade, and the discomfort of fasting is a spectacle.’
    • ‘After Richard's death in 1199, Berengaria lived on her dower lands at Le Mans, France, where she was famed for her almsgiving.’
    • ‘If the heart is not inspired by sincerity in bestowing alms then almsgiving becomes mere display.’
    • ‘He was in charge of the care of church property and almsgiving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Welsh kings and lesser lords did participate in an expensive and conspicuously pious practice: they employed what wealth they had on extravagant almsgiving.’
    • ‘When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.’
    • ‘Venial sins were to be cleansed by daily use of the Lord's Prayer and by almsgiving.’
    • ‘Compassion is at least as key in education as in almsgiving.’
    • ‘Of course, there are other forms of almsgiving than money, such as time and talent.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, humaneness
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