What does benevolence mean?

Definitions for benevolencebəˈnɛv ə ləns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word benevolence.

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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Benevolence

    ben-ev′ol-ens, n. disposition to do good: an act of kindness: generosity: a gift of money, esp. for support of the poor: (Eng. hist.) a kind of forced loan or contribution, levied by kings without legal authority, first so called under Edward IV. in 1473.—adj. Benev′olent, charitable, generous, well disposed to.—adv. Benev′olently. [Through Fr. from L. benevolentia.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benevolence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benevolence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Updike:

    Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.

  2. Baruch Spinoza:

    Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

  3. Saadi Shirazi:

    Whosoever hath not knowledge, and benevolence, and piety knoweth nothing of reality, and dwelleth only in semblance.

  4. Sculptor Idriz Balani:

    I used three photos to get her smile, hair, posture and attire right and kept the necklace. She exudes benevolence. I hope they like it.

  5. James Boswell:

    To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.

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