noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kāma love Date: 13th century 1. benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity 2. a. generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also aid given to those in need b. an institution engaged in relief of the poor c. public provision for the relief of the needy 3. a. a gift for public benevolent purposes b. an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift 4. lenient judgment of others Synonyms: see mercy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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