Charity comes from the Latin caritas, meaning "generous love," ultimately from carus meaning "dear; beloved." In Christianity, it is one of the biblical virtues, along with faith and hope. As such it refers to universal unconditional love, and not limited to the modern definition of giving to those less fortunate. As a name it was first used by the Puritans in the 17th century, who coined a lot of virtue words as personal names.
See Also: Cara, Charis, Faith, Hope

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