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Word of the Day
Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Definitions for benefaction

  1. The act of conferring a benefit.
  2. A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.

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Citations for benefaction
Rockefeller's taxable income was then $33,000,000 and that his total fortune was probably more than $800,000,000. At that time he had distributed about $500,000,000 in public benefactions. , New York Times
It may be, as some social psychologists argue, that the competitive urge to gain more is in time replaced by an equally competitive urge to win fame and favor through public benefactions. Robin W. Winks, Laurance S. Rockefeller: Catalyst for Conservation
Origin of benefaction
Benefaction is from Late Latin benefactio, from Latin benefacere, "to do well, to do good to," from bene, "well" + facere, "to do."