(Latin: beloved, loved; dearly, dear; high-priced, costly; valued)
From Latin carus (masculine), cara (feminine), carum (neuter)
2. Etymology: from Latin carus, "dear".
2. To treat fondly, kindly, or favorably; to cherish.
3. To move gently: The soft music caressed the ears of the audience.
2. Of the nature of affecting someone in a soothing or pleasant way: Shirley spoke caressive words as her husband lay ill in the hospital bed.
3. Characterized by or given to pleasantness: A caressive breeze blew gently during the evening.
The Romans considered caritas originally to mean "dearness" or "high price". Carus, meaning "dear", is also said to be an etymological ancestor of the word "whore".
When Cicero wrote of a year in which the cost of living was high, he used the phrase annonae (crops) caritas.
Eventually caritas designated another kind of dearness, the highest love or fellowship—charity as we now know it in the sense conveyed in I Corinthians 12:13: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love)."
2. Showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity.
3. Characteristic of expressing love and generosity for others.
5. Conveying a generosity in donations or gifts to relieve the needs of indigent, ill, or helpless people and animals.
2. Generous in giving money or other help to the needy.
3. Mild or tolerant in judging others; lenient.
2. Generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.
3. Benevolent feeling; especially, toward those in need or in disfavor.
4. A kindly and lenient attitude toward all people.
5. An organization which collects money and other voluntary contributions of help for people in need.
6. The voluntary provision of money, materials, or help for people in need.
7. Money, materials, or help voluntarily given to people in need.
8. The willingness to judge people in a tolerant or favorable way.
9. The impartial love of other people, especially as a Christian virtue.
10. Etymology: "benevolence for the poor", from Old French charite, from Latin caritas, caritatem, "costliness, esteem, affection" (in Vulgate often used as translation of Greek agape, "love"; especially Christian love of fellow mankind, perhaps to avoid the sexual suggestion of Latin amor); from carus, "dear, valued".
2. To value something such as a right, freedom, or privilege highly.
3. To retain a memory or wish in the mind of a source of pleasure or as an ambition.
4. To hold or to treat something, or someone, as dear; to feel love for.
5. To care for tenderly; to nurture: The mother and father could only cherish their son despite his physical handicaps.
6. To bring the pleasure of love or caring about someone, or something, which is important.
2. That which has memories or ideas in the mind because it is important and brings pleasure.