benefaction

noun

ben·​e·​fac·​tion ˌbe-nə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce benefaction (audio)
1
: the act of benefiting
2
: a benefit conferred
especially : a charitable donation

Example Sentences

the generous benefaction from an anonymous donor meant the animal shelter could stay open
Recent Examples on the Web Its grand eighteenth-century buildings were dominated by the huge Codrington Library, named after the West Indian slave owner whose benefaction enriched his old college. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of benefaction was in 1635

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Cite this Entry

“Benefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benefaction. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

benefaction

noun

bene·​fac·​tion
ˈben-ə-ˌfak-shən,
ˌben-ə-ˈfak-
1
: the action of benefiting
2
: a benefit given
especially : a donation to charity

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