benefaction

[ ben-uh-fak-shuh n, ben-uh-fak- ]
/ ˈbɛn əˌfæk ʃən, ˌbɛn əˈfæk- /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. benediction,
  2. benedictional,
  3. benedictory,
  4. benedictus,
  5. benef.,
  6. benefactive,
  7. benefactor,
  8. benefactress,
  9. benefactrix,
  10. benefic

Origin of benefaction

1655–65; < Late Latin benefactiōn- (stem of benefactiō), equivalent to Latin bene bene- + fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for benefaction

benefaction

/ (ˌbɛnɪˈfækʃən) /

noun

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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