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benefaction

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noun ben·e·fac·tion \ˌbe-nə-ˈfak-shən\

Definition of benefaction

  1. 1 :  the act of benefiting

  2. 2 :  a benefit conferred; especially :  a charitable donation



Examples of benefaction

  1. <the generous benefaction from an anonymous donor meant the animal shelter could stay open>



Origin of benefaction

Late Latin benefaction-, benefactio, from Latin bene facere to do good to, from bene + facere to do — more at do


First Known Use: 1635



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