Eleemosynary vs Dotation - What's the difference?
As an adjective eleemosynary
As a noun dotation is
the act of endowing, or bestowing a marriage portion on a woman.
Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving.
* 1918 , , "Owd Bob" in Mince Pie :
Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance.
* 1749 , , Book I ch i:
- He did some work for the New York Public Library . . . and also dabbled in eleemosynary science for the Russell Sage Foundation.
* 1855 , (Walt Whitman), "To the Pending Year" in Leaves of Grass :
- An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
* 1991 , Washington Post , October 27:
- Crouch low thy neck to eleemosynary gifts.
- Amidst all this, the legal business, the acquiring of land, the construction of the Montgomery Block, Billings had generosity and time to support the founding of the University of California and a half dozen churches, schools, orphan asylums and other eleemosynary institutions.
A formal, literary word; in everyday use charitable is used instead.
(obsolete) A beggar
The act of endowing, or bestowing a marriage portion on a woman.
Endowment; establishment of funds for support, as of a hospital or eleemosynary corporation.
- As to eleemosynary corporations, by the dotation the founder and his heirs are of common right the legal visitors...