pl n charitable donations of money or goods to the poor or needy
(Old English ælmysse, from Late Latin eleemosyna, from Greek eleemosune pity; see eleemosynary)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
benefaction, bounty, charity, donation, gift, relief
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
give alms nobody impoverishes
donner l'aumône n'appauvrit personne
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