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[ben-uh-fak-ter, ben-uh-fak-]
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  1. a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
  2. a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
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Origin of benefactor

1425–75; late Middle English benefactour < Late Latin; see bene-, factor


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2. patron, supporter, sponsor, backer, protector.
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  1. a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
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Derived Formsbenefactress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for benefactor


mid-15c., from Late Latin benefactor, from Latin phrase bene facere, from bene "well" (see bene-) + facere "to do" (see factitious). Translated in Old English as wel-doend.

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