adjective /ˌɛlɪiːˈmɒsɪnəɹi,ˌɛlɪˈmɑːsənɛri,ˌɛlɪˈmɑːzənɛri,ˌɛliɪˈmɑːsənɛri/
a) Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity;

Amidst all this, the legal business, the acquiring of land, the construction of the Montgomery Block, Billings had generosity and time to support the founding of the University of California and a half dozen churches, schools, orphan asylums and other eleemosynary institutions.

b) Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance.

An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.

See Also: eleemosynate, eleemosynous

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