charity Definition

  • 1the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need
  • 2an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need

Using charity: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "charity" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She donated a large sum of money to charity.

  • Example

    The charity provides food and shelter for the homeless.

  • Example

    He works for a charity that helps children in need.

  • Example

    The concert was held to raise money for charity.

charity Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for charity

Idioms Using charity

  • the milk of human kindness (is not strained)

    compassion and sympathy for others


    Her actions showed that she had the milk of human kindness and was always willing to help those in need.

  • to be extremely generous and helpful to someone


    He's the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

  • treat others as you would like to be treated


    She believes in the golden rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Phrases with charity

  • charity begins at home

    one's first responsibility is for the needs of their own family and friends


    She wanted to donate to the charity, but her husband reminded her that charity begins at home.

  • a person or group in need of charitable aid or support


    The organization decided to take on the family as a charity case and provide them with food and shelter.

  • a store run by a charity organization, selling second-hand goods to raise money for charitable causes


    I found a great jacket at the charity shop for a fraction of the price it would cost new.

Origins of charity

from Old French 'charité', from Latin 'caritas', meaning 'generous love'


Summary: charity in Brief

The term 'charity' [ˈtʃærɪti] refers to voluntary giving of help, often in the form of money, to those in need. It can also refer to organizations that provide such aid. Phrases like 'charity begins at home' and idioms like 'the milk of human kindness' highlight the importance of compassion and generosity. 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' emphasizes treating others with kindness. Examples include donating money to charity, working for a charity, and holding a concert to raise money for charity.

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