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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A residence endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.

Usage examples (35)
  • Opened in 1736, the almshouse was a homeless shelter, jail, and workhouse rolled into one.
  • The almshouse was the commonest form of relief, and even recently, it has been described as the fundamental institution of American poor relief.
  • Berks historian George M. M.iser IX said the records show the almshouse was a safety net for the poor, the mentally ill and those rendered helpless by old age.
  • Crept away to die in the almshouse, home of the homeless. for more
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