- a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
- a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
Origin of benefactor
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2. patron, supporter, sponsor, backer, protector.
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Examples from the Web for benefactor
He used to pay $55, says Abu Omar, but wages were cut recently because the benefactor could not afford to continue at that rate.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
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Her benefactor is simply “him,” “my man,” and sometimes even “lover;” but not “boyfriend,” and never “husband.”China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages
April 14, 2014
Producer/comedienne Louise Palanker, who was a mentor and benefactor to the Arvizo family, was also there.Gavin Arvizo’s New Beginning: Jackson Abuse Accuser Gets Married at 24
December 9, 2013
The good count was/is a local big shot and benefactor, but I can't seem to find out anything else about him.The Things Not Asked; Tonight
October 22, 2012
Hizbullah will still dominate Lebanon and will still have its Iranian benefactor.Hizbullah’s Triumph and Agony
July 23, 2011
Had you been poor, how delightful would it have been to labour for my benefactor!
He is thy Father--thy Creator--thy Benefactor, and what hast thou to pay?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider.The Devil's Dictionary
Was not the intention of his benefactor apparent from the letters?Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
They were standing beside the car, Joshua slightly behind his benefactor.The Big Tomorrow
- a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
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Word Origin and History for benefactor
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