[ ben-uh-fak-shuhn, ben-uh-fak- ]
/ ˈbɛn əˌfæk ʃən, ˌbɛn əˈfæk- /
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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.



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Origin of benefaction

1655–65; <Late Latin benefactiōn- (stem of benefactiō), equivalent to Latin benebene- + fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn--ion
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British Dictionary definitions for benefaction

/ (ˌbɛnɪˈfækʃən) /


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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