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benefit society

an association of persons to create a fund, either by dues or assessments, for the assistance of members and their families in case of sickness, death, etc.
Also called benefit association.
Origin of benefit society
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is here that his benefit society holds its annual dinner.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • The firm established perhaps the first benefit society of workmen.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • Their association was more of a social and benefit society than a trade union.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • With that it rests whether the machine will benefit society, or destroy it.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • Thus the application of biological principles will benefit society.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • She joined a benefit society, to which she paid 50 cents a month.

    Making Both Ends Meet

    Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • We all, if we are honest, want to benefit society by correcting evils.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • If it cannot benefit society, then who is benefited by the forced continuance of the marriage relation?

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • Signor Salvini in life had belonged to a benefit society of good intentions but poor business ways.


    Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for benefit society

benefit society

a US term for friendly society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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