Subsidy vs Welfare - What's the difference?

subsidy | welfare |

As nouns the difference between subsidy and welfare

is that subsidy is financial support or assistance, such as a grant while welfare is (uncountable) health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect.



  • Financial support or assistance, such as a grant.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.}}
  • (dated) Money granted by parliament to the British Crown.
  • Antonyms

    * tax




  • (uncountable) Health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare . Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • (uncountable, chiefly, US) Various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance ).
  • Synonyms

    * income support, public assistance, social security


    * evilfare * illfare * woefare * wofare

    See also

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