[Mythology (Greek mythological figures)]
The Charities are personifications of aspects of grace and beauty.
They are called Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth) [you FROSS uh nee],
and Thalia (Good Cheer).
While the Muses inspire artists,
the Charities apply the artists' works to the embellishment of life.
Also sometimes translated as "The Graces" (Gratiae).
Alternate name translations:
- AGLAIA, the Radiant (embodiment of radiance and splendor)
- EUPHROSYNE, the Joyful (embodiment of joy and mirth)
- THALIA / Thaleia , the Flowering (muse of comedy and pastoral poetry)
[Theology, Christian ]
[Middle English charite, from Old French, 'Christian love', from Latin cāritās, 'affection', from cārus, 'dear'.]
Charity is the virtue* defined as love directed first toward God, but also toward oneself and one's neighbors (as objects of God's love).
*The Three Theological Virtues listed in the Bible are faith, hope, and charity.
They are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:13 :
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity."
(from the King James version).
The New King James version, the New American Standard Bible, and New International version translate the third, agape , as "love", not "charity."