[ buh-nef-uh-suhns ]
See synonyms for beneficence on
  1. the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.

  2. a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.

Origin of beneficence

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English; French bénéficence, from Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence

Other words from beneficence

  • non·be·nef·i·cence, noun

Words Nearby beneficence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beneficence in a sentence

  • In a God who tempts us, or who permits us to be tempted, do you behold a being of beneficence and sincerity?

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  • One little trait recorded of him gives us a glimpse of the thoughtful beneficence of his character.

  • So he took them, and kissed the hands of the king, thanking him for his beneficence, and departed.

  • Have the spots upon the career of Bacon hidden the brightness of his general beneficence?

British Dictionary definitions for beneficence


/ (bɪˈnɛfɪsəns) /

  1. the act of doing good; kindness

  2. a charitable act or gift

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