noun Etymology: Late Latin benefaction-, benefactio, from Latin bene facere to do good to, from bene + facere to do — more at do Date: 1635 1. the act of benefiting 2. a benefit conferred; especially a charitable donation

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  • Benefaction — Ben e*fac tion, n. [L. benefactio, fr. benefacere to do good to one; bene well + facere to do. See {Benefit}.] 1. The act of conferring a benefit. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. A benefit conferred; esp. a charitable donation. [1913 Webster] Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • benefaction — index aid (subsistence), appropriation (donation), behalf, benefit (betterment), benefit ( …   Law dictionary

  • benefaction — *donation, contribution, alms Analogous words: *gift, present, largess, boon: endowment (see corresponding verb at DOWER): grant, subvention (see APPROPRIATION): *charity, philanthropy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • benefaction — ► NOUN formal ▪ a donation or gift. ORIGIN Latin, from bene facere do good (to) …   English terms dictionary

  • benefaction — [ben΄ə fak′shen, ben′ə fak΄shən] n. [LL benefactio < L benefacere, to do (something) well, do a good deed < bene, well + facere,DO1] 1. the act of doing good or helping others, esp. by giving money as a charitable donation 2. the money or… …   English World dictionary

  • benefaction — UK [ˌbenɪˈfækʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌbenəˈfækʃən] noun [countable] Word forms benefaction : singular benefaction plural benefactions formal a present of money …   English dictionary

  • benefaction — /ben euh fak sheuhn, ben euh fak /, n. 1. an act of conferring a benefit; the doing of good; a good deed: He is known throughout the region for his many benefactions. 2. the benefit conferred; charitable donation: to solicit benefactions for… …   Universalium

  • benefaction — noun a) The act of giving aid b) An act of charity …   Wiktionary

  • benefaction — Synonyms and related words: act of grace, act of kindness, alms, beneficence, benefit, benevolence, benignity, blessing, boon, charity, contribution, courtesy, favor, good deed, good offices, good turn, grace, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act …   Moby Thesaurus

  • benefaction — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A gift] Syn. donation, legacy, grant; see gift 1 . 2. [A good deed] Syn. favor, charity, good turn; see kindness 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Something given to a charity or cause: alms, beneficence, charity,… …   English dictionary for students

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