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Definitions for benevolence
bəˈnɛv ə lənsbenev·o·lence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolencenoun

    disposition to do good

  2. benevolencenoun

    an inclination to do kind or charitable acts

  3. benevolence, benefactionnoun

    an act intending or showing kindness and good will

Wiktionary

  1. benevolencenoun

    disposition to do good

  2. benevolencenoun

    charitable kindness

  3. benevolencenoun

    an altruistic gift or act

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benevolencenoun

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

  2. Benevolencenoun

    an act of kindness; good done; charity given

  3. Benevolencenoun

    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.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of benevolence in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Beppe Grillo:

    Now that the constitutional reform is getting close, the PD has saved Silvio in exchange for benevolence, both on his part and the part of his powerful media empire.

  3. Nathaniel Branden:

    With such (collectivist) systems, the individual has always been a victim, twisted against him or herself and commanded to be “unselfish” in sacrificial service to some allegedly higher value called God or pharaoh or emperor or king or society or the state or the race or the proletariat - or the cosmos. It is a strange paradox of our history that this doctrine - which tells us to regard ourselves, in effect, as sacrificial animals - has been generally accepted as a doctrine representing benevolence and love for humankind. From the first individual… who was sacrificed on an altar for the good of the tribe, to the heretics and dissenters burned at the stake for the good of the populace or the glory of God, to the millions exterminated in… slave-labor camps for the good of the race or of the proletariat, it is this (collectivist) morality that has served as justification for every dictatorship and every atrocity, past or present.

  4. Proverb:

    If charity cost nothing and benevolence caused no heartache, the world would be full of philanthropists.

  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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