[ben-uh-fak-shuh n, ben-uh-fak-]


an act of conferring a benefit; the doing of good; a good deed: He is known throughout the region for his many benefactions.
the benefit conferred; charitable donation: to solicit benefactions for earthquake victims.

Origin of benefaction

1655–65; < Late Latin benefactiōn- (stem of benefactiō), equivalent to Latin bene bene- + fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of benefaction

  • Scarification, with other crude penances, has now been superseded by benefaction.

  • Only one of these acts of sympathy and benefaction we will mention.

    Blue Lights

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Why not all the benefaction on our side, and a figo for rewards!

  • It was not that he regarded the king's present as a benefaction.

    The Growth of a Soul

    August Strindberg

  • The year 1784 was given as the date of this benefaction, in the Returns made to Parliament in 1786.

British Dictionary definitions for benefaction



the act of doing good, esp by giving a donation to charity
the donation or help given

Word Origin for benefaction

C17: from Late Latin benefactiō, from Latin bene well + facere to do
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