noun (plural charities)
- 1An organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need: the charity provides practical help for homeless peopleMore example sentences
non-profit-making organization, non-profit organization, not-for-profit organization, voluntary organization, charitable institution; fund, trust, foundation, cause, movement
- Without your support, the services that charities provide could come to an end.
- He now appears at pubs and clubs across Europe and raises money for cancer charities.
- The branch also raises money for local charities and at one stage put on shows for the local community.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The body of organizations viewed collectively as the object of fundraising or of donations: the proceeds of the sale will go to charityMore example sentences
- Cash will be the vital ingredient as celebrity chefs cook up a special fundraising treat for charity.
- During those years we shared many experiences particularly when fundraising for charity.
- There have been over a hundred performances so far, several of them as fund-raising ventures for charity.
- 2 [mass noun] The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need: the care of the poor must not be left to private charityMore example sentences
financial assistance, aid, welfare, relief, financial relief, funding; handouts, gifts, presents, largesse, donations, contributions, grants, endowments, scholarships, bursaries, subsidies; patronage• historical alms, almsgivingphilanthropy, humanitarianism, humanity, altruism, public-spiritedness, social conscience, social concern, benevolence, benignity, beneficence, generosity, magnanimity, munificence, largesse; unselfishness, selflessness, self-sacrifice, self-denial
- Second, the personal connection at the heart of private charity cannot be reproduced by government.
- I just came across this paper by Gruber and Hungerman on the crowding out of private sector charity by government spending.
- A fourth way to provide security in a free society is by voluntary charity.
- 2.1Help or money given to those in need: an unemployed teacher living on charityMore example sentences
- Giving of private charity obviously has a ‘feel good’ factor to it.
- Those who cannot perform work are left to private charity, which often means begging.
- Lepers were separated in leper hospitals built with private charity because people were afraid of defilement.
- 3 [mass noun] Kindness and tolerance in judging others: she found it hard to look on her mother with much charityMore example sentences
goodwill, compassion, consideration, concern, kindness, kindliness, kind-heartedness, tenderness, tender-heartedness, warm-heartedness, brotherly love, love, sympathy, understanding, fellow feeling, thoughtfulness, indulgence, tolerance, liberality, decency, nobility, graciousness, lenience, leniency• rare caritas
- As a result, he is punished with terrible visions of how his daughter's future might have been, learning that human despair is not to be judged and that charity should be given to all.
- He represents the best things in life - hope, faith, goodness, charity, kindness and love.
- She was very well known for her kindness and charity and, at her home, there was always someone calling in for tea and a chat.
- 3.1 • archaic Love of humankind, typically in a Christian context: faith, hope, and charityMore example sentences
- Crusading for them was an act of love and charity by which, like the Good Samaritan, they were aiding their neighbors in distress.
- They were keenly aware of their sinfulness and eager to undertake the hardships of the Crusade as a penitential act of charity and love.
- As any good scholar of St. Augustine knows, the decisive mark of the Catholic Church is charity, not purity.
charity begins at home
- • proverb A person’s first responsibility is for the needs of their own family and friends.More example sentences
- And since charity begins at home, Vicky enlisted the help of her 57-year-old mum Glenys, who is also the grandmother of three youngsters.
- I have always believed that charity begins at home.
- Surely, everybody knows that charity begins at home.
late Old English (in the sense 'Christian love of one's fellows'): from Old French charite, from Latin caritas, from carus 'dear'.