alms-giving

noun
making voluntary contributions to aid the poor
Syn: ↑almsgiving
Hypernyms: ↑giving, ↑gift

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  • alms — [OE] The word alms has become much reduced in its passage through time from its ultimate Greek source, eleēmosúnē ‘pity, alms’. This was borrowed into post classical (Christian) Latin as eleēmosyna, which subsequently became simplified in Vulgar… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • alms — [OE] The word alms has become much reduced in its passage through time from its ultimate Greek source, eleēmosúnē ‘pity, alms’. This was borrowed into post classical (Christian) Latin as eleēmosyna, which subsequently became simplified in Vulgar… …   Word origins

  • Alms box — A box in the nave or narthex where believers can put in their alms. Before giving alms we must offer our own lives as sacrifices to the Lord …   Dictionary of church terms

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