- a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “well”: benediction.
Origin of bene-
Word Origin and History for bene-
Latin word-forming element meaning "well," from Latin bene "well, in the right way, honorably, properly," from PIE *dw-ene-, adverbial form of root *deu- "to do, perform, show favor, revere." Cf. Latin bonus "good," bellus "handsome, fine, pretty," beatus "blessed."