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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charity  \Char"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Charities}.  [F.  charit['e]  fr  L. 
  caritas  dearness,  high  regard,  love,  from  carus  dear,  costly, 
  loved;  asin  to  Skr.  kam  to  wish,  love,  cf  Ir  cara  a  friend, 
  W.  caru  to  love.  Cf  {Caress}.] 
  1.  Love;  universal  benevolence;  good  will 
 
  Now  abideth  faith,  hope,  charity,  three  but  the 
  greatest  of  these  is  charity.  --1.  Cor. 
  xiii.  13. 
 
  They  at  least,  are  little  to  be  envied,  in  whose 
  hearts  the  great  charities  .  .  .  lie  dead.  --Ruskin. 
 
  With  malice  towards  none,  with  charity  for  all 
  --Lincoln. 
 
  2.  Liberality  in  judging  of  men  and  their  actions;  a 
  disposition  which  inclines  men  to  put  the  best 
  construction  on  the  words  and  actions  of  others 
 
  The  highest  exercise  of  charity  is  charity  towards 
  the  uncharitable.  --Buckminster. 
 
  3.  Liberality  to  the  poor  and  the  suffering,  to  benevolent 
  institutions,  or  to  worthy  causes;  generosity. 
 
  The  heathen  poet,  in  commending  the  charity  of  Dido 
  to  the  Trojans,  spake  like  a  Christian.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  Whatever  is  bestowed  gratuitously  on  the  needy  or 
  suffering  for  their  relief;  alms;  any  act  of  kindness. 
 
  She  did  ill  then  to  refuse  her  a  charity. 
  --L'Estrange. 
 
  5.  A  charitable  institution,  or  a  gift  to  create  and  support 
  such  an  institution;  as  Lady  Margaret's  charity. 
 
  6.  pl  (Law)  Eleemosynary  appointments  [grants  or  devises] 
  including  relief  of  the  poor  or  friendless,  education, 
  religious  culture,  and  public  institutions. 
 
  The  charities  that  soothe,  and  heal,  and  bless,  Are 
  scattered  at  the  feet  of  man  like  flowers. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  {Sisters  of  Charity}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  a  sisterhood  of  religious 
  women  engaged  in  works  of  mercy,  esp.  in  nursing  the  sick; 
  --  a  popular  designation.  There  are  various  orders  of  the 
  Sisters  of  Charity. 
 
  Syn:  Love;  benevolence;  good  will  affection;  tenderness; 
  beneficence;  liberality;  almsgiving. 




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