noun: 1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition
of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to
do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God,
universal good will to men.
2. In a more particular sense, love, kindness, affection, tenderness, springing
from natural relations;
as the charities of father, son, and brother.
3. liberality to the poor, consisting in almsgiving or benefactions, or gratuitous
to relieve them in distress.
Noah Webster's 1828
Dictionary of the
Love, good will, supreme love to God,
universal good will to men; kindness, tenderness, affection; also, giving
to the poor, relieving the
poor in their distress.
And now abideth faith, hope,
but the greatest of these