Syn. Gift; present; benefaction; grant. See Gift.
(Don"a*tism) n. [Cf. F. Donatisme.] (Eccl. Hist.) The tenets of the Donatists.
(Don"a*tist) n. [LL. Donatista: cf. F. Donatiste.] (Eccl. Hist.) A follower of Donatus, the leader
of a body of North African schismatics and purists, who greatly disturbed the church in the 4th century.
They claimed to be the true church.
(Don`a*tis"tic) a. Pertaining to Donatism.
(Don"a*tive) n. [L. donativum, fr. donare: cf. F. donatif. See Donate.]
1. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present. "The Romans were entertained with shows and donatives."
2. (Eccl. Law) A benefice conferred on a person by the founder or patron, without either presentation
or institution by the ordinary, or induction by his orders. See the Note under Benefice, n., 3.
(Don"a*tive), a. Vested or vesting by donation; as, a donative advowson. Blackstone.
(||Do*na"tor) n. [L. Cf. Donor.] (Law) One who makes a gift; a donor; a giver.
(Don"a*to*ry) n. (Scots Law) A donee of the crown; one the whom, upon certain condition,
escheated property is made over.
(Do"-naught`) n. [Do + naught.] A lazy, good-for-nothing fellow.
(||Do"nax) n. [L., reed, also a sea fish, Gr. .] (Bot.) A canelike grass of southern Europe used
for fishing rods, etc.
(||Don*cel"la) n. [Sp., lit., a maid. Cf. Damsel.] (Zoöl.) A handsome fish of Florida and the
West Indies The name is applied also to the ladyfish (Harpe rufa) of the same region.
(Done) p. p. from Do, and formerly the infinitive.
1. Performed; executed; finished.
2. It is done or agreed; let it be a match or bargain; used elliptically.
Done brown, a phrase in cookery; applied figuratively to one who has been thoroughly deceived, cheated,
or fooled. [Colloq.] Done for, tired out; used up; collapsed; destroyed; dead; killed. [Colloq.] Done
up. (a) Wrapped up. (b) Worn out; exhausted. [Colloq.]