benefaction

noun
ben·​e·​fac·​tion | \ ˌbe-nə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce benefaction (audio) \

Definition of benefaction

1 : the act of benefiting
2 : a benefit conferred especially : a charitable donation

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Examples of benefaction in a Sentence

the generous benefaction from an anonymous donor meant the animal shelter could stay open
Recent Examples on the Web One thing is crystal clear: This industry has been built off the backs of workers who are underpaid, who have to depend on your benefaction. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2020 Major donors to the $4-million-plus project include a royal benefaction from Jordan's King Abdullah II, and $1.3-million gift from Mica Ertegun to the World Monuments Fund in support of the project. National Geographic, 26 Oct. 2016 Major donors to the $4-million-plus project include a royal benefaction from Jordan's King Abdullah II, and $1.3-million gift from Mica Ertegun to the World Monuments Fund in support of the project. National Geographic, 26 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of benefaction

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benefaction

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

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“Benefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benefaction. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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