- benevolent and protective order of elks,
- benevolent sexism,
Origin of benevolence
Examples from the Web for benevolence
And your current brand of persuasion entails tempering pushiness with aplomb, brute force with benevolence.
Finding his countenance to indicate youth and benevolence, I accosted him as he approached.The Citizen-Soldier|John Beatty
Why would your God people a world, knowing that it would be destitute of benevolence for four thousand years?The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
His name was synonymous with benevolence, honesty and integrity.Scraps of Biography|Various
c.1400, "disposition to do good," from Old French benivolence and directly from Latin benevolentia "good feeling, good will, kindness," from bene "well" (see bene-) + volantem (nominative volens) present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). In English history, this was the name given to forced extra-legal loans or contributions to the crown, first so called 1473 by Edward IV, who cynically "asked" it as a token of good will toward his rule.