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philanthropy

Line breaks: phil¦an|thropy
Pronunciation: /fɪˈlanθrəpi
 
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Definition of philanthropy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes: he acquired a considerable fortune and was noted for his philanthropy
More example sentences
  • The greater generosity of Conservatives reflects the value they place on individual philanthropy above publicly-funded welfare services.
  • Another implication of prioritising private philanthropy over state welfare is to suggest that if you're rich, you * should * help those on the other end of the scale.
  • He has betrayed those who, out of genuine philanthropy, donated money to his campaigns.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] North American A philanthropic institution; a charity: a philanthropy was incorporated to help oldsters obtain benefits like pension rights
More example sentences
  • Local philanthropies, chiefly the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lenfest Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation, pledged to help raise $150 million to guarantee the Barnes's future.
  • Flexner became secretary of the new Rockefeller Foundation's General Education Board, which heavily funded Johns Hopkins and a few other medical schools and led other philanthropies to follow suit.
  • In May 2000, the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation's largest philanthropies, launched the Pew Oceans Commission, co-chaired by New Jersey Gov.

Origin

early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek philanthrōpia, from philanthrōpos 'man-loving' (see philanthrope).

Derivatives

philanthropism

1
noun

philanthropize

2
(also philanthropise) verb
Example sentences
  • The population of unselfish genes will dwindle generation after generation until the contributors to the larger good have philanthropized themselves out of existence.

Words that rhyme with philanthropy

lycanthropy, misanthropy

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