philanthropy

  • 1Philanthropy —    Philanthropy was important in Byzantium (q.v.) both in theory and in practice. In theory, the emperor (q.v.), as God s viceroy on earth, was expected to set an example of Christian philanthropy. To this end, in major cities the state funded… …

    Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • 2Philanthropy — Phi*lan thro*py, n. [L. philanthropia, Gr. ?: cf. F. philanthropie.] Love to mankind; benevolence toward the whole human family; universal good will; desire and readiness to do good to all men; opposed to misanthropy. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3philanthropy — I noun almsgiving, altruism, beneficence, benevolence, benevolentia, benignancy, benignity, bounteousness, bountifulness, bounty, brotherhood, brotherliness, brotherly love, charitableness, charity, considerateness, consideration, devotion to… …

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  • 4philanthropy — (n.) c.1600, from L.L. philanthropia, from Gk. philanthropia humanity, benevolence, from philanthropos (adj.) loving mankind, useful to man, from phil loving + anthropos mankind (see ANTHROPO (Cf. anthropo )). Originally in English in the Late… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5philanthropy — *charity Antonyms: misanthropy …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6philanthropy — [n] humanitarianism alms, almsgiving, altruism, assistance, benefaction, beneficence, charity, contribution, dole, donation, endowment, fund, generosity, gifting, good works, helping hand*, relief; concepts 337,657 …

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  • 7philanthropy — ► NOUN ▪ the desire to help others, especially through donation of money to good causes. DERIVATIVES philanthropic adjective philanthropically adverb. ORIGIN Greek philanthr pia, from philanthr pos man loving …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8philanthropy — [fə lan′thrə pē] n. [LL philanthropia < Gr philanthrōpia < philein, to love + anthrōpos, man: see ANTHROPO ] 1. a desire to help mankind, esp. as shown by gifts to charitable or humanitarian institutions; benevolence 2. pl. philanthropies a …

    English World dictionary

  • 9Philanthropy — Philanthropist redirects here. For the TV series, see The Philanthropist (TV series). For the academic journal, see The Philanthropist. Not to be confused with Anthropophilia. Philanthropy etymologically means the love of humanity love in the… …

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  • 10PHILANTHROPY — Introduction At the close of the 18th century the communal system of fund raising for charity with authority vested in the charity overseers (Gabba ei Ẓedakah) – to tax members of the community in order to ensure appropriate giving – was on the… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 11Philanthropy — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Philanthropy >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 philanthropy philanthropy humanity humanitarianism universal benevolence Sgm: N 1 endaemonism endaemonism deliciae humani generis Sgm: N 1 cosmopolitanism utilitarianism… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12philanthropy — /fi lan threuh pee/, n., pl. philanthropies. 1. altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by… …

    Universalium

  • 13philanthropy — [[t]fɪlæ̱nθrəpi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Philanthropy is the giving of money to people who need it, without wanting anything in return. ...a retired banker well known for his philanthropy …

    English dictionary

  • 14philanthropy — noun a) Benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well being of mankind, especially by charitable giving As public funding is reduced, we depend increasingly on private philanthropy. b) A phil …

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  • 15Philanthropy — Charitable giving to human causes on a large scale. Philanthropy must be more than just a charitable donation; it is an effort undertaken by an individual or organization based on an altruistic desire to improve human welfare. Wealthy individuals …

    Investment dictionary

  • 16philanthropy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. altruism, humanity, humanitarianism; benevolence; generosity, liberality. See unselfishness. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. benevolence, humanitarianism, beneficence; see generosity 1 , patronage 1 . III… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17philanthropy — noun a family noted for its philanthropy Syn: benevolence, generosity, humanitarianism, public spiritedness, altruism, social conscience, charity, charitableness, brotherly love, fellow feeling, magnanimity, munificence, liberality, largesse,… …

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  • 18philanthropy — noun (plural pies) Etymology: Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthrōpia, from philanthrōpos loving people, from phil + anthrōpos human being Date: circa 1623 1. goodwill to fellowmen; especially active effort to promote human welfare 2.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19philanthropy — Synonyms and related words: BOMFOG, Benthamism, Christian charity, Christian love, agape, aid, almsgiving, altruism, assistance, beneficence, benevolence, benevolent disposition, benevolentness, benignity, bigheartedness, brotherly love, caritas …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20philanthropy — phi|lan|thro|py [fıˈlænθrəpi] n [U] [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: philanthropia, from Greek, from phil ( PHILANDERER) + anthropos human being ] the practice of giving money and help to people who are poor or in trouble …

    Dictionary of contemporary English