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Etymology of alms

Posted by Johannes on 21 November 2008

Etymology of alms
Alms
derives from the old English ælmesse from the Vulgar Latin alemosyna from the Latin eleemosyna from the Greek eleemosyne (ελεημοσύνη; alms, charity, mercy)

From the same root.
almoner, eleemosynary

In modern Greek
a) eleemon: charitable, beneficent [ελεήμων]
b) eleemosyne: charity, alms [ελεημοσύνη]
c) eleos: pity, mercy, compassion [έλεος]

OED

Η λέξη alms (ελεημοσύνη) προέρχεται από παλαιό αγγλικό ælmesse από την κοινή Λατινική alemosyna από την Λατινική eleemosyna, από την ελληνική ελεημοσύνη.

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