benevolence

  • 1bénévolence — ⇒BÉNÉVOLENCE, subst. fém. Vx ou littér., rare. [En parlant d une pers., de son comportement avec autrui] Disposition à être aimable et bienveillant. Taper sur l épaule avec bénévolence (QUENEAU, Zazie dans le métro, 1959, p. 119). Synon.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2Benevolence — Be*nev o*lence, n. [OF. benevolence, L. benevolentia. See {Benevolent}.] 1. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness. [1913 Webster] The wakeful benevolence of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3Benevolence — is the expression of kindness and altruism. In his book Unrugged Individualism , Objectivist author David Kelley defines it as a commitment to achieving the values derivable from life with other people in society, by treating them as potential… …

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  • 4benevolence — Benevolence, Acquerir petit à petit la benevolence d aucun, Colligere beneuolentiam alicuius. Tascher à acquester la benevolence d aucun, Consectari alicuius beneuolentiam largitione …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 5Benevolence — (engl., spr. Binewwolens), freiwillige Steuer, vom König Eduard IV. von England eingeführt, von Heinrich VII. beibehalten …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 6benevolence — I (act of kindness) noun assistance, benefaction, beneficence, benevolentia, boon, charitable effort, charity, favor, good deed, good treatment, good turn, helpfulness, kind office, kind treatment, philanthropy, relief, service, succor, support… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7benevolence — (n.) c.1400, disposition to do good, from O.Fr. benivolence and directly from L. benevolentia good feeling, good will, kindness, from bene well (see BENE (Cf. bene )) + volantem (nom. volens) prp. of velle to wish (see WILL (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8benevolence — [n] charity altruism, amity, comity, compassion, feeling, friendliness, friendship, generosity, gift, goodness, good will, humanity, kindheartedness, kindness, sympathy; concept 633 Ant. animosity, greediness, ill will, malevolence, meanness,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9benevolence — [bə nev′ə ləns] n. [ME & OFr < L benevolentia: see BENEVOLENT] 1. an inclination to do good; kindliness 2. a kindly, charitable act or gift; beneficence 3. a forced loan formerly levied by some English kings on their subjects …

    English World dictionary

  • 10Benevolence — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Benevolence >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 benevolence benevolence Christian charity Sgm: N 1 God s love God s love God s grace Sgm: N 1 good will good will Sgm: N 1 philanthropy philanthropy &c. 910 Sgm: N …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11benevolence — /beuh nev euh leuhns/, n. 1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one s fellow creatures. 2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift. 3. Eng. Hist. a forced contribution to the sovereign. [1350 …

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  • 12benevolence —    This term (from the Latin bene, meaning well, and velle, meaning to wish ) refers to the disposition to do good or a gift prompted by goodwill. In the case of God, benevolence is a divine attribute that prompts God to create and bless… …

    Glossary of theological terms

  • 13benevolence — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Kindness Nouns 1. benevolence, Christian charity, goodwill; God s grace; altruism, philanthropy, unselfishness; good nature, kindness, kindliness, loving kindness, benignity, brotherly love, charity,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14benevolence — noun the benevolence of local businesses Syn: kindness, kindheartedness, bigheartedness, goodness, goodwill, charity, altruism, humanitarianism, compassion, philanthropy; generosity, magnanimity, munificence, unselfishness, openhandedness,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15benevolence — The doing of a kind or helpful action towards another, under no obligation except an ethical one. The love of humanity; the desire to promote its prosperity or happiness. The term includes acts of wellwishing towards others, for the promotion of… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 16benevolence — The doing of a kind or helpful action towards another, under no obligation except an ethical one. The love of humanity; the desire to promote its prosperity or happiness. The term includes acts of wellwishing towards others, for the promotion of… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17benevolence — Acts or gifts prompted by good will or kind feelings; essentially philanthropy. 15 Am J2d Char § 4. The term is inclusive of charity, but not limited to charity. A gift may be from benevolence, even though the recipient is in no need of charity …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 18benevolence — benevolent ► ADJECTIVE 1) well meaning and kindly. 2) (of an organization) charitable rather than profit making. DERIVATIVES benevolence noun benevolently adverb. ORIGIN Old French benivolent, from Latin bene well + velle to wish …

    English terms dictionary

  • 19benevolence — noun Date: 14th century 1. disposition to do good 2. a. an act of kindness b. a generous gift 3. a compulsory levy by certain English kings with no other authority than the claim of prerogative …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20benevolence — noun a) disposition to do good b) charitable kindness …

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