[ buh-nev-uh-luhns ]
See synonyms for: benevolencebenevolences on

  1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.

  2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift: She bequeathed many benevolences from her vast fortune.

  1. English History. a forced contribution to the sovereign.

Origin of benevolence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin benevolentia; see origin at benevolent, -ence

Opposites for benevolence

Other words from benevolence

  • non·be·nev·o·lence, noun
  • su·per·be·nev·o·lence, noun
  • un·be·nev·o·lence, noun

Words Nearby benevolence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use benevolence in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for benevolence


/ (bɪˈnɛvələns) /

  1. inclination or tendency to help or do good to others; charity

  2. an act of kindness

  1. (in the Middle Ages) a forced loan or contribution exacted by English kings from their nobility and subjects

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