Definition of philanthropy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fɪˈlænθrəpi//
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈlænθrəpi//
[uncountable] Helping others
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the practice of helping the poor and those in need, especially by giving money Hospitals were built as a result of private philanthropy and government intervention. See related entries: Helping others Word Originearly 17th cent.: via late Latin from Greek philanthrōpia, from philanthrōpos ‘man-loving’, from philein ‘to love’ + anthrōpos ‘human being’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: philanthropy