benefaction

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 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

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

    English dictionary

  • 7 benefaction — 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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  • 8 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

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

    Wiktionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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,… …

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  • 12 benefaction — ben|e|fac|tion [ˌbenıˈfækʃən] n formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: benefactio, from Latin bene factus well done ] [U and C] something, especially money, that someone gives a person or organization in order to help them do something… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 benefaction — ben|e|fac|tion [ ,benə fækʃən ] noun count FORMAL a present of money …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 benefaction — ben·e·fac·tion || ‚benɪ fækʃn n. doing of good; action of benefiting; donation …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 benefaction — [ˌbɛnɪ fakʃ(ə)n] noun formal a donation or gift. Origin C17: from late L. benefactio(n ), from bene facere do good (to) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 benefaction — n. Gift, donation, gratuity, grant, offering, contribution, boon, present, alms, charity …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17 benefaction — noun formal 1 (U) the act of doing something good, especially by giving money to someone who needs it 2 (C) money given in this way …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 benefaction — n 1. good deed, good turn, favor, service, kindness, courtesy; bounty, generosity, charity, liberality, almsgiving; philanthropy, beneficence, benevolence, munificence, benignancy; patronage, countenance, championship; presentation, conferral,… …

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  • 19 benefaction — ben·e·fac·tion …

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  • 20 benefaction — ben•e•fac•tion [[t]ˈbɛn əˌfæk ʃən, ˌbɛn əˈfæk [/t]] n. 1) an act of conferring a benefit 2) a benefit conferred; charitable donation • Etymology: 1655–65; < LL benefactiō < L benefacere to do a service =bene well +facere to do …

    From formal English to slang