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St Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225—1274) Italian philosopher, theologian, and Dominican friar

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Money or food given to poor people. Recorded from Old English (in the form ælmysse, ælmesse), the word comes via Christian Latin from Greek eleēmosunē ‘compassion’, and ultimately from eleos ‘mercy’.

Subjects: Biblical Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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