What does benevolence mean?

Definitions for benevolence
bəˈnɛv ə lənsbenev·o·lence

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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

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.

How to pronounce benevolence?

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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. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man 1871:

    Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

  2. Adam Smith:

    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.

  3. John Randolph:

    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.

  4. Baruch Spinoza:

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

  5. Omar Suleimanof Irving:

    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.

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