From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary:
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.
2. Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance. "Eleemosynary cures." --Boyle.
3. Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
It wasn't until the reading of the will that the old man's heirs were able to fully grasp his eleemosynary nature.
Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOD
Wednesday, July 16, 2008