beneficence

noun
be·​nef·​i·​cence | \ bə-ˈne-fə-sən(t)s How to pronounce beneficence (audio) \

Definition of beneficence

1 : the quality or state of doing or producing good : the quality or state of being beneficent admired for her beneficence
2 : benefaction bestow your beneficences generously— W. L. Sullivan

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Examples of beneficence in a Sentence

the town library stays open primarily through beneficences from concerned residents a religious leader whose beneficence is felt by all who meet him

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Unfortunately, however, today’s social services are run more on the model of charity—invoked via a far less democratic and accountable social ideal of liberal beneficence—than radical solidarity. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 But even with these human enhancements, the Maya remained at the mercy of nature’s beneficence. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 Ultimately, Lydgate succumbs to the jealousy of his rivals and to the perfidy of his patron, while the widowed Dorothea must sacrifice the goal of beneficence for the sake of finding happiness with a new husband. Leslie Lenkowsky, WSJ, "Five Best: Leslie Lenkowsky on Novels About Philanthropy," 7 Dec. 2018 What Facebook saw as beneficence, Indians saw as neocolonialism. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Global Tech Backlash Is Just Beginning," 25 Oct. 2018 Etsy One of the marvels of the modern day gift market is the way that its journals, magnets, and coffee mugs swing wildly between smiling beneficence and saucy declarations of misanthropy. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 But his faith in his country’s beneficence remains undimmed. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘The Restless Wave,’ John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional," 16 May 2018 Rarely noted is the longstanding Israeli beneficence toward Palestinians, when not under attack. WSJ, "Younger Evangelicals on Israel and Palestine," 11 June 2018 Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with Europe and foreigners in general, along with a strong current of belief that others have taken advantage of U.S. beneficence, sentiments that Trump has been more than willing to exploit. Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, "In Trump, some see the end of the world order," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of beneficence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beneficence

Latin beneficentia, from beneficus — see benefice

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