- the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
- a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.
Origin of beneficence
Examples from the Web for beneficence
We have wept that God may show his beneficence his mercy and that his peace may come upon the people of Pakistan.Bergdahl’s Dad: Drone Killed Captor’s Kid
June 6, 2014
Frugality is not only the basis of quiet, but of beneficence.Self-Help
The time has come when beneficence, to be real, must operate scientifically, not emotionally.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
We must transform it into beneficence, and its opposite into the idea of maleficence.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
So he took them, and kissed the hands of the king, thanking him for his beneficence, and departed.The Arabian Nights
Lucienne is yours, Madame, for was it not your beneficence which gave it to me?Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
- the act of doing good; kindness
- a charitable act or gift
Word Origin and History for beneficence
"quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable," mid-15c., from Latin beneficentia "kindness, generosity," a back-formation from beneficentior (see beneficent).