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[buh-nef-uh-suh ns]
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  1. the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
  2. a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.
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Origin of beneficence

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence
Related formsnon·be·nef·i·cence, noun
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Related Words for beneficence

gift, offering, handout, philanthropy, alms, aid, contribution, benefaction, grace, charity, kindliness, benignity, kindness, goodwill, generosity, goodness, altruism, benignancy

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Contemporary Examples of beneficence

Historical Examples of beneficence

  • Frugality is not only the basis of quiet, but of beneficence.


    Samuel Smiles

  • 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.

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for beneficence


  1. the act of doing good; kindness
  2. a charitable act or gift
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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).

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