Definition of benevolence
1 : disposition to do good a king known for his benevolence
2a : an act of kindnessb : a generous gift
3 : a compulsory contribution or tax levied by certain English kings with no other authority than the claim of prerogative (see prerogative 1b)
Examples of benevolence in a Sentence
self-effacing as well as selfless, he refused all public acknowledgement of his many benevolences to the community
her benevolence towards her employees was such that she actually let one live in her home temporarily
Recent Examples of benevolence from the Web
Trump’s actions also come with a warning: Benevolence is the duller side of the sexism sword.
The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence.
These writers are steadfast in contemplating justice, benevolence, integrity and knowledge.
Depending on where one’s politics fall, Callahan’s solutions can read either too optimistic or too critical of the benevolence of the one percent.
Basically, Pai is urging internet users to simply trust in the benevolence of profit-hungry corporations, should the FCC ditch net neutrality.
His habit of co-signing unknown rappers and forever altering their trajectories has transformed, in the public eye, from a gesture of benevolence to something exploitative, vampiric.
But tight schedules are important for keeping young kids from shrieking the benevolence out of those dictatorships.
WONDERLAND’ Verve; CD, $11.99, MP3, $9.49 The cozy benevolence of Sarah McLachlan’s voice is the constant on an album that puts considerable thought into customizing familiar songs.
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Did You Know?
Part of benevolence comes from the Latin root meaning "wish". The novels of Charles Dickens often include a benevolent figure who rescues the main characters at some point--Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist, Abel Magwitch in David Copperfield, Mr. Jarndyce in Bleak House, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. To be benevolent, it helps to have money, but it's not necessary; kind assistance of a nonfinancial sort may turn out to be lifesaving benevolence as well.
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