Synonyms for alms

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ahmz
Phonetic Transcription : ɑmz

Définition of alms

Origin :
  • Old English ælmesse "alms, almsgiving," from Proto-Germanic *alemosna (cf. Old Saxon alamosna, Old High German alamuosan, Old Norse ölmusa), an early borrowing of Vulgar Latin *alemosyna (source of Old Spanish almosna, Old French almosne, Italian limosina), from Church Latin eleemosyna (Tertullian, 3c.), from Greek eleemosyne "pity, mercy," in Ecclesiastical Greek "charity, alms," from eleemon "compassionate," from eleos "pity, mercy," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative of cries for alms. Spelling perversion in Vulgar Latin is perhaps by influence of alimonia.
  • noun handout
Example sentences :
  • She was not a conqueror of nations or a distributor of crowns, but a giver of alms.
  • Extract from : « Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II » by Francis Augustus Cox
  • He was in rags, and carried the usual beggar's wallet for food or alms.
  • Extract from : « Welsh Fairy Tales » by William Elliott Griffis
  • You are not paying for it, my child; you are only contributing some alms to the Church.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Khalid » by Ameen Rihani
  • Aye, aye, it's easy to steal the goose and give the giblets in alms.
  • Extract from : « The Christian » by Hall Caine
  • Then they wished to know if alms should be given in his name?
  • Extract from : « The Phantom World » by Augustin Calmet
  • A beggar importuned a lady for alms; she gave him a shilling.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; » by Various
  • I advise you to give him an alms once more, and you will have done with him.
  • Extract from : « The Memoires of Casanova, Complete » by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • A hundred masses, no less, had to be said that day; a distribution of alms had to be made.
  • Extract from : « Romance » by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • What alms they receive is not in payment—gifts are accepted but not asked for.
  • Extract from : « From Edinburgh to India & Burmah » by William G. Burn Murdoch
  • Who thinks of alms and eleemosynary as coming from the same Greek word?
  • Extract from : « The Booklover and His Books » by Harry Lyman Koopman

Antonyms for alms

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