benefaction

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

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

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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, "Exclusive: Christ's Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries," 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, "Exclusive: Christ's Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries," 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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