Definitions for benevolencebəˈnɛv ə ləns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•nev•o•lencebəˈnɛv ə ləns(n.)

  1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charity.

  2. an act of kindness; charitable gift.

  3. (formerly) a forced contribution to an English sovereign.

    Category: Western History

Origin of benevolence:

1350–1400; ME < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolence(noun)

    disposition to do good

  2. benevolence(noun)

    an inclination to do kind or charitable acts

  3. benevolence, benefaction(noun)

    an act intending or showing kindness and good will

Wiktionary

  1. benevolence(Noun)

    disposition to do good

  2. benevolence(Noun)

    charitable kindness

  3. benevolence(Noun)

    an altruistic gift or act

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benevolence(noun)

    the disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness

  2. Benevolence(noun)

    an act of kindness; good done; charity given

  3. Benevolence(noun)

    a species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Benevolence

    the name of a forced tax exacted from the people by certain kings of England, and which, under Charles I., became so obnoxious as to occasion the demand of the Petition of Rights (q. v.), that no tax should be levied without consent of Parliament; first enforced in 1473, declared illegal in 1689.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

benevolence(noun)

generosity and desire to do good.

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