Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Word of the Day


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

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