Latin Legal Terms


Elemosina – this Latin noun means almsgiving; mercy. It is considered to be valuable help given to poor people who cannot take care of themselves due to physical, mental or financial reason, and while being in desperate condition they are begging others for help. Helping others is considered to be a condition of the good character of person.

In the area of Social Care, the word refers to the term “elemosinarius”, which details the figure of almoner, person in charge of providing charity to people in need.

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