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: She bequeathed many benevolences from her vast fortune.
English History. a forced contribution to the sovereign.
- non·be·nev·o·lence, noun
- su·per·be·nev·o·lence, noun
- un·be·nev·o·lence, noun
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How to use benevolence in a sentence
The statue of Divine watches over the international visiting guests with benevolence and the same understanding Rebecca has for all artists who don’t fit in.LGBTQ ally Hoffberger stepping down at American Visionary Art Museum | Ed Gunts | July 21, 2021 | Washington Blade
The long arc of history points to our benevolence and cooperation as a species, and the real science is only now catching up and changing researchers’ views on subjects from economics to psychology.
Some depended on small donations, others on the benevolence of wealthy patrons.Restoring the Fairness Doctrine can’t prevent another Rush Limbaugh | Heather Hendershot | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s this hint of benevolence that makes him perhaps the most complicated video game president we’ve ever had.
In the community, he set a standard for engagement and benevolence.John Wall gave the Wizards their last great memory. Then it all fell apart. | Jerry Brewer | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
There may be a reason beyond some internal benevolence that John McCain chose not to go down this road.
I think the vampire continues to be associated with beauty, glamour, elegance, great strength, a secret benevolence, and goodness.Anne Rice on Sparkly Vampires, ‘Twilight,’ ‘True Blood,’ and Werewolves | Marlow Stern | November 23, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
And your current brand of persuasion entails tempering pushiness with aplomb, brute force with benevolence.
He was sheriff of Paris, 1770, and employed his leisure in objects of benevolence, till the revolution overwhelmed him.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
He mentioned the name of a woman well known in Summerville for strong character and wise benevolence.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
It changed all the benevolence of her nature into wrathful bitterness and unmitigated contempt.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
To all of this Mr Dean listened in perfect silence, patiently, and with a smile of universal benevolence.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
In manners affable, and in benevolence unsurpassed, the Kentucky planter gains the plaudits of all.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for benevolence
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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