[ˌɛlɪi:'mɒsɪnəri, -'mɒz-]
adjective formal charitable.
C16: from med. L. eleemosynarius, from late L. eleemosyna 'alms', from Gk eleēmosunē (see alms).

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  • eleemosynary — elee·mo·sy·nary /ˌe li mäs ən ˌer ē, mōs ən , mäz ən / adj: of, relating to, or supported by charity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. eleemosynary …   Law dictionary

  • Eleemosynary — El ee*mos y*na*ry (?; 277), a. [LL. eleemosynarius, fr. eleemosyna alms, Gr. ? alms. See {Alms}.] 1. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity; as, an eleemosynary corporation. [1913 Webster] 2. Given in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eleemosynary — El ee*mos y*na*ry, n.; pl. {Eleemosynaries}. One who subsists on charity; a dependent. South …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eleemosynary — 1610s, from M.L. eleemosynarius pertaining to alms, from L.L. eleemosyna alms, from Gk. eleemosyne pity (see ALMS (Cf. alms)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eleemosynary — *charitable, benevolent, humane, humanitarian, philanthropic, altruistic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • eleemosynary — [el΄i mäs′ə ner΄ē, el΄ē ə mäs′ə ner΄ē] adj. [ML eleemosynarius < LL(Ec) eleemosyna, ALMS] Old fashioned 1. of or for charity or alms; charitable 2. supported by or dependent on charity 3. given as charity; free …   English World dictionary

  • eleemosynary — adjective /ˌɛlɪiːˈmɒsɪnəɹi,ˌɛlɪˈmɑːsənɛri,ˌɛlɪˈmɑːzənɛri,ˌɛliɪˈmɑːsənɛri/ a) Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity; Amidst all this, the legal business, the acquiring of land, the construction of the… …   Wiktionary

  • eleëmosynary — adjective /ˌɛlɪ.iːˈmɒsɪnəɹɪ/ Diæretic spelling of eleemosynary. University Professorships are founded in connection with these eleëmosynary halls …   Wiktionary

  • eleemosynary — /el euh mos euh ner ee, moz , el ee euh /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable. 2. derived from or provided by charity. 3. dependent on or supported by charity: an eleemosynary educational institution.… …   Universalium

  • eleemosynary — el•ee•mos•y•nar•y [[t]ˌɛl əˈmɒs əˌnɛr i, ˈmɒz , ˌɛl i ə [/t]] adj. 1) involving charity or charitable donations 2) supported by or dependent upon charity: eleemosynary institutions[/ex] • Etymology: 1610–20; < ML eleēmosynārius= LL… …   From formal English to slang

  • Eleemosynary (play) — Eleemosynary is a 1985 one act play by Lee Blessing. It follows the relationships between three generations of women. The word itself plays a significant part in the plot. Characters Dorothea An old woman who chose to be eccentric.Artemis (Artie) …   Wikipedia

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