One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or dependent on charity; charitable.
charitable, generous, benevolent, humanitarian, public-spirited, altruistic, socially concerned, magnanimous, munificent, open-handed, bountiful, liberal, ungrudging, unstinting, generous to a fault, beneficent, benignant, caring, compassionate, solicitous, unselfish, selfless, humane, kind, kind-hearted, big-heartedView synonyms
- ‘The state is not a stable eleemosynary institution.’
- ‘What Becomes of the Real Property of an Eleemosynary Corporation upon Its Dissolution?’
Late 16th century (as a noun denoting a place where alms were distributed): from medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from late Latin eleemosyna ‘alms’, from Greek eleēmosunē ‘compassion’ (see alms).
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