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Friday word: Eleemosynary

Eleemosynary: of, relating to, or supported by charity

Etymology: Medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from Late Latin eleemosyna alms, from Greek eleēmosynē pity, alms, from eleēmōn merciful, from eleos pity.

First Known Use: circa 1616

"In Soapy's opinion the Law was more benign than Philanthropy. There was an endless round of institutions, municipal and eleemosynary, on which he might set out and receive lodging and food accordant with the simple life. But to one of Soapy's proud spirit the gifts of charity are encumbered. If not in coin you must pay in humiliation of spirit for every benefit received at the hands of philanthropy."
(O'Henry, "The Cop and the Anthem")
Tags: e, latin, noun, wordsmith: med_cat
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