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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Definitions for benevolence

  1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
  2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
  3. English History. a forced contribution to the sovereign.

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Citations for benevolence
He had an overflowing affection of soul, that could not confine itself to the person of his son, or the aggrandizement of his country, or be spiritualized into a metaphysical adoration of ideal beauty. It bestowed itself on his fellow creatures; and to see them happy, warmed his heart with a pleasure experienced by few. This man, his imaginative flights, his glowing benevolence and his humble occupations, were an enigma that Castruccio could never solve. Mary Shelley, Valperga, 1823
“From the first stroke of my ballpoint pen, I was the recipient of the well-appreciated benevolence of many,” Ferris said of her opus. “Not the least of which has been a willing readership who lent my ‘doorstop’ their gorgeous minds.” Michael Cavna, "Emil Ferris's graphic novel 'Monsters' tops diverse slate of 2017 Ignatz Award winners," Washington Post, September 18, 2017
Origin of benevolence
1350-1400
Benevolence is a borrowing Latin. Benevolentia is a derivative of the adjective benevolēns “well wishing,” from the adverb bene “well,” a derivative of the adjective bonus “good,” and volent-, the present participle stem of velle “to will, wish.” Benevolentia according to its etymology is a quality of the will, not an emotion. There is, however, always a tinge of feeling or affection. Benevolence entered English in the 14th century