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Definitions for benevolence
bəˈnɛv ə lənsbenev·o·lence
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word benevolence.
disposition to do good
an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
an act intending or showing kindness and good will
disposition to do good
an altruistic gift or act
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: benevolentia, Lat.
Grasp the whole worlds of reason, life, and sense,
In one close system of benevolence. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.
This tax, called a benevolence, was devised by Edward IV. for which he sustained much envy. It was abolished by Richard III. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.
the disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness
an act of kindness; good done; charity given
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
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
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.
The numerical value of benevolence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of benevolence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of benevolence in a Sentence
The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men.
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
We pray for peace, not war. Love, not hate. Benevolence, not greed.Unity, not division, and, we commit ourselves to not betraying our prayers with actions that contradict them.
The recent inter-Korean high-level talks are a precious fruition of the new policy set forth by the respected Supreme Leader in his New Year Address to improve the north-south relations, he is a peerless patriot and the supreme incarnation of love and benevolence as he is creditably carrying forward the patriotic history with the same warm love for the nation and benevolence as those of the great leaders.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages.
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- النزعة إلى الخيرArabic
- benevolènciaCatalan, Valencian
- خیر خواهیPersian
- bénévolence, bienveillanceFrench
- 仁, 慈悲Japanese
- ми́лость, доброта́, благожела́тельность, доброжела́тельностьRussian
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