Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving. Something given to help the needy; alms. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. See Synonyms at mercy. Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.