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benefactress

[ ben-uh-fak-tris, ben-uh-fak- ]
/ ˈbɛn əˌfæk trɪs, ˌbɛn əˈfæk- /
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noun

a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.

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Origin of benefactress

1425–75; late Middle English benefactrice;see benefactor, -ess

usage note for benefactress

See -ess.
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