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Alms meaning

alms - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity.
  2. 2. Gift to the poor.

alms - examples of usage

  1. It was this that Defoe called making them " beg their bread at his door, and crave as if it were an alms" the provision to which they were legally entitled. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. There are many good- hearted people who think that it is virtuous to give alms to poor people who ask for them, without considering the effect produced upon the people. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  3. They are all animated by the desire to get something for nothing: a desire which we can respect when a helpless pauper asks for alms; but of which in any form an able- bodied man ought to be ashamed. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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