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benevolence


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Benevolence  \Be*nev"o*lence\,  n.  [OF.  benevolence,  L. 
  benevolentia  See  {Benevolent}.] 
  1.  The  disposition  to  do  good;  good  will  charitableness; 
  love  of  mankind,  accompanied  with  a  desire  to  promote 
  their  happiness. 
 
  The  wakeful  benevolence  of  the  gospel.  --Chalmers. 
 
  2.  An  act  of  kindness;  good  done  charity  given 
 
  3.  A  species  of  compulsory  contribution  or  tax,  which  has 
  sometimes  been  illegally  exacted  by  arbitrary  kings  of 
  England,  and  falsely  represented  as  a  gratuity. 
 
  Syn:  {Benevolence},  {Beneficence},  {Munificence}. 
 
  Usage:  Benevolence  marks  a  disposition  made  up  of  a  choice 
  and  desire  for  the  happiness  of  others  Beneficence 
  marks  the  working  of  this  disposition  in  dispensing 
  good  on  a  somewhat  broad  scale.  Munificence  shows  the 
  same  disposition,  but  acting  on  a  still  broader  scale, 
  in  conferring  gifts  and  favors.  These  are  not 
  necessarily  confined  to  objects  of  immediate  utility. 
  One  may  show  his  munificence  in  presents  of  pictures 
  or  jewelry,  but  this  would  not  be  beneficence. 
  Benevolence  of  heart;  beneficence  of  life;  munificence 
  in  the  encouragement  of  letters. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  benevolence 
  n  1:  disposition  to  do  good  [ant:  {malevolence}] 
  2:  an  inclination  to  do  kind  or  charitable  acts 
  3:  an  act  intending  or  showing  kindness  and  good  will  [syn:  {benefaction}] 




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