Definitions of benevolence

  1. an act intending or showing kindness and good will Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an inclination to do kind or charitable acts Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An act of kindness; good done; charity given. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The will to do good; charitableness; good-will; an act of kindness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Benevolent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Desire for the good of others; charitableness; charity; humanity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Disposition to do good; goodwill; an act of kindness; a tax, formerly levied by the kings of England, regarded as a gratuity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Kind; possessing the desire to do good. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for benevolence

  1. I took pleasure in acts of kindness and benevolence – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  2. His eyes had lost their benevolence – Out of the Air by Inez Haynes Irwin