Eleemosynary vs Dotation - What's the difference?

eleemosynary | dotation |

As an adjective eleemosynary

is .

As a noun dotation is

the act of endowing, or bestowing a marriage portion on a woman.


Alternative forms



(en adjective)
  • Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving.
  • * 1918 , , "Owd Bob" in Mince Pie :
  • He did some work for the New York Public Library . . . and also dabbled in eleemosynary science for the Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance.
  • * 1749 , , Book I ch i:
  • 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.
  • * 1855 , (Walt Whitman), "To the Pending Year" in Leaves of Grass :
  • Crouch low thy neck to eleemosynary gifts.
  • Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
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  • * 1991 , Washington Post , October 27:
  • 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.

    Usage notes

    A formal, literary word; in everyday use charitable is used instead.


    * charitable


  • (obsolete) A beggar
  • dotation



    (en noun)
  • 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...
    (Webster 1913) ----