Donation party, a party assembled at the house of some one, as of a clergyman, each one bringing some present. [U.S.] Bartlett.

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." Dryden.

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.]

1. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant.

After donation there is an absolute change and alienation of the property of the thing given.

2. That which is given as a present; that which is transferred to another gratuitously; a gift.

And some donation freely to estate
On the bless'd lovers.

3. (Law) The act or contract by which a person voluntarily transfers the title to a thing of which be is the owner, from himself to another, without any consideration, as a free gift. Bouvier.

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