(?), n.;
pl. Charities (#).
[F. charit 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.]
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1. Love; universal benevolence; good will.
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Now abideth faith, hope, charity, three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1. Cor. xiii. 13.
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They, at least, are little to be envied, in whose hearts the great charities . . . lie dead.
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With malice towards none, with charity for all.
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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.
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The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable.
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3. Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.
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The heathen poet, in commending the charity of Dido to the Trojans, spake like a Christian.
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4. Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness.
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She did ill then to refuse her a charity.
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5. A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity.
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6. pl. (Law) Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions.
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The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers.
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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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(?), n. [F.] A mock serenade of discordant noises, made with kettles, tin horns, etc., designed to annoy and insult; -- called also shivaree.
Syn. -- shivaree, charivari, callithump, callathump.
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It was at first performed before the house of any person of advanced age who married a second time.
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