benevolence

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

noun

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.

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Origin of benevolence

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

OTHER WORDS FROM benevolence

non·be·nev·o·lence, nounsu·per·be·nev·o·lence, nounun·be·nev·o·lence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for benevolence

benevolence
/ (bɪˈnɛvələns) /

noun

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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