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[ben-uh-fak-tris, ben-uh-fak-] /ˈbɛn əˌfæk trɪs, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-/
a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.
Also, benefactrix.
Origin of benefactress
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English benefactrice; see benefactor, -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If his benefactress wanted intellectual conversation, she must have it.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He was poor; therefore he would never dare to criticize his benefactress.

  • Ask how I can feel other than gratitude and devotion to my benefactress.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Her benefactress left her, at her death, a legacy of 8,000 dollars.

  • I rejoiced for my benefactress, I rejoiced for the tender and affectionate Edith.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Who is our benefactress in the authorship of these books, the world knows not.

    The Angel Children Charlotte M. Higgins
  • In vain he reminded her that Brannan was her own cousin, the only son of her aunt and benefactress.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • Stephen cared little about his benefactress's honour, but a great deal about his own.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Say that again, kind, dear benefactress, and you will make me the happiest girl in the world.

    The Time of Roses

    L. T. Meade

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