[ buh-nev-uh-luhns ]
/ bəˈnɛv ə ləns /


desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
English History. a forced contribution to the sovereign.

Origin of benevolence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word benevolentia. See benevolent, -ence

Related forms

non·be·nev·o·lence, nounsu·per·be·nev·o·lence, nounun·be·nev·o·lence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for benevolence


/ (bɪˈnɛvələns) /


inclination or tendency to help or do good to others; charity
an act of kindness
(in the Middle Ages) a forced loan or contribution exacted by English kings from their nobility and subjects
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