[ben-uh-fak-ter, ben-uh-fak-]


a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.

Origin of benefactor

1425–75; late Middle English benefactour < Late Latin; see bene-, factor

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a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
Derived Formsbenefactress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for benefactor

mid-15c., from Late Latin benefactor, from Latin phrase bene facere, from bene "well" (see bene-) + facere "to do" (see factitious). Translated in Old English as wel-doend.

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