widow's mite

a) A very small, gift or donation which, however, represents a great sacrifice on the part of the giver.
b) (numismatics) Name given to the lepton coin.

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  • widow's mite — n. a small gift or contribution freely given by one who can scarcely afford it: Mark 12:41 44 …   English World dictionary

  • widow's mite — noun Etymology: so called from the widow who cast two mites (a farthing) into the Temple treasury (Mark 12:42) : a small contribution that is willingly given and is all one can afford gave his widow s mite to the cause …   Useful english dictionary

  • widow's mite — a small contribution given cheerfully by one who can ill afford it. Mark 12:41 44. [1585 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • widow's mite — noun a small monetary contribution from someone who is poor. Origin with biblical allusion to Mark 12:43 …   English new terms dictionary

  • widow's mite — /wɪdoʊz ˈmaɪt/ (say widohz muyt) noun a small gift of money given in good spirit by one who can ill afford it. {See Mark 12:43} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lesson of the widow's mite — The Lesson (or Parable) of the widow s mite is a story present in the Synoptic Gospels (), in which Jesus is teaching at the Temple in Jerusalem. The Gospel of Mark specifies that a mite was worth less than a quadrans , the smallest Roman coin,… …   Wikipedia

  • Widow — • Canonical prescriptions concerning widows in the Old Testament refer mainly to the question of remarriage Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Widow     Widow      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • mite — mite1 [mīt] n. [ME < OE, akin to OHG miza, a gnat < IE base * mai , to cut, cut off > MAD] any of a large subclass (Acari) of tiny, sometimes microscopic, arachnids often parasitic upon animals, insects, or plants, or infesting prepared… …   English World dictionary

  • Mite box — A bronze Widow s Mite or Lepton, minted by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judaea, 103 76 B.C. obverse: anchor upside down in circle, reverse: star of eight rays. The term mite box (also alms box or poor box) refers to a box that is used to save… …   Wikipedia

  • widow — {{11}}widow (n.) O.E. widewe, widuwe, from P.Gmc. *widewo (Cf. O.S. widowa, O.Fris. widwe, M.Du., Du. weduwe, Du. weeuw, O.H.G. wituwa, Ger. Witwe, Goth. widuwo), from PIE adj. *widhewo (Cf. Skt. vidhuh lonely, solitary, vidhava …   Etymology dictionary

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