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Saturday, November 09, 2002

Definitions for beneficence

  1. The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
  2. A charitable gift or act.

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Citations for beneficence
Lord Jeffrey told Dickens that it [A Christmas Carol] had "prompted more positive acts of beneficence than can be traced to all the pulpits and confessionals in Christendom since Christmas 1842." Roger Highfield, The Physics of Christmas
From my grandfather Verus I learned good morals and the government of my temper. From the reputation and remembrance of my father, modesty and a manly character. From my mother, piety and beneficence and abstinence. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Origin of beneficence
late Middle English
Beneficence is from Latin beneficentia, from beneficus, kind, generous, obliging, from bene, well (from bonus, good) + facere, to do. One who, or that which, is characterized by beneficence is beneficent.