the ancient Greek name for the Graces.
generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless: to devote one’s life to charity. something given to a person or persons in need; alms: She asked for work, not charity. a charitable act or work. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution: He left his estate to a charity. benevolent feeling, especially toward […]
- Charity begins at home
Be generous to your family before helping others. For example, She spends hours and hours on volunteer work and neglects the children, forgetting that charity begins at home. This proverb was first recorded in English, in slightly different form, in John Wycliffe’s Of Prelates (c. 1380); “Charity should begin at himself.”
- Charity commissioners
plural noun (in Britain) members of a commission constituted to keep a register of charities and control charitable trusts
- Charity girl
noun phrase A sexually promiscuous young woman (1940s+)