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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Money given to the poor.

Usage examples (35)
  • After payday, Steve donated alms.
  • Justice is put before mercy, for we must not give that in alms which is wrongfully got, or with which our debts should be paid.
  • The word alms of course is a corruption of the Greek elenmosyne (mercy).
  • Through telling the truth, a Grey Friar receives as alms from the Lord of Sedan two pigs instead of one for more
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  • "Alms" are donations given to the poor. "Arms" are attached to your hands.
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