• Relating to or dependent on charity; charitable.

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Example Sentences

“Her generous eleemosynary donations fully funded a new animal shelter.”

“The eleemosynary food bank relies on donations to stay open.”

“I try to spend at least one weekend a month on eleemosynary activities.”

Word Origin

Greek, late 16th century

Why this word?

In the original Greek, “eleēmosunē” means “compassion,” a key factor in the adjective “eleemosynary.” As of December 2022, the United States’ most eleemosynary organization is Feeding America, a Chicago-based umbrella of food banks that work across the nation. It reported receiving $4.06 billion in donations in 2022, from a mix of corporate food donations and individual cash donations, and reported a charitable commitment of 99% of those donations.

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