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benevolence Explained

benevolence at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


benevolence at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1384, "disposition to do good," from L. benevolentia "good feeling," from bene "well" + volantem (nom. volens) prp. of velle "to wish." In Eng. history, this was the name given to forced extra-legal loans or contributions to the crown, first so called 1473 by Edward IV, who cynically "asked" it as a token of good will toward his rule. ///

benevolence at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

150 Moby Thesaurus words for "benevolence":
BOMFOG, Benthamism, Christian charity, Christian love,
accommodatingness, act of grace, act of kindness, advantageousness,
affability, agape, agreeableness, altruism, amiability, amity,
auspiciousness, benefaction, beneficence, beneficialness, benefit,
benevolent disposition, benevolentness, benignancy, benignity,
bigheartedness, blessing, boon, brightness, brotherly love,
caritas, charitableness, charity, cheerfulness, cheeriness, class,
clemency, cogency, comity, commiseration, compassion, complaisance,
compliance, compliment, condolence, condonation, contribution,
courtesy, decency, desert, disregard, do-goodism, donation,
excellence, expedience, fairness, favor, favorableness, feeling,
fineness, first-rateness, flower power, forbearance, forgiveness,
forgivingness, fortunateness, friendliness, friendship, generosity,
generousness, gift, giving, good auspices, good deed, good offices,
good omen, good turn, goodliness, goodness, goodwill, grace,
graciosity, graciousness, grant, greatheartedness, healthiness,
helpfulness, humanitarianism, humanity, indulgence, kind deed,
kind offices, kindliness, kindly act, kindness, labor of love,
largeheartedness, largess, leniency, long-suffering, longanimity,
love, love of mankind, luckiness, magnanimity, manna, mercy, merit,
mitigation, mitzvah, niceness, obligation, obligingness, office,
overlooking, pardon, pathos, patience, philanthropism,
philanthropy, pity, pleasantness, present, profitableness,
propitiousness, prosperousness, quality, quarter, relief, reprieve,
rewardingness, ruth, self-pity, service, skillfulness, soundness,
superiority, sympathy, tolerance, turn, unrevengefulness,
unselfishness, usefulness, utilitarianism, validity, value, virtue,
virtuousness, welfarism, well-disposedness, wholeness, worth

BENEVOLENCE at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

y badly (= they were very unhappy).
4 in a way that makes people get a bad opinion about sth:
The economic crisis reflects badly on the government's policies. * She's only trying to help, so don't think badly of her.
5 used to emphasize how much you want, need, etc. sb/sth:
The building is badly in need of repair. * They wanted to win so badly. * I miss her badly.
6 used to em

Benevolence at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Benevolence \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.

The wakeful benevolence of the gospel. --Chalmers.

2. An act of kindness; good done; charity given.

3. A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has
sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of
England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.

Syn: {Benevolence}, {Beneficence}, {Munificence}.

Usage: Benevolence marks a disposition made up of a choice
and desire for the happiness of others. Beneficence
marks the working of this disposition in dispensing
good on a somewhat broad scale. Munificence shows the
same disposition, but acting on a still broader scale,
in conferring gifts and favors. These are not
necessarily confined to objects of immediate utility.
One may show his munificence in presents of pictures
or jewelry, but this would not be beneficence.
Benevolence of heart; beneficence of life; munificence
in the encouragement of letters.

benevolence at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: disposition to do good [ant: {malevolence}]
2: an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
3: an act intending or showing kindness and good will [syn: {benefaction}]

benevolence at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedia » dab=Benevolence


Circa 1400, original sense “good will, disposition to do good”, Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » benivolence|lang=en from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » benevolentia|lang=la (also directly from Latin), literally “good will”, from Inter: term » bene||well, good|lang=la + Inter: term » volentia|lang=la, form of Inter: term » volens|volēns|lang=la, form of Inter: term » volo|volō|I wish|lang=la, components cognate to English Inter: term » benefit|lang=en and Inter: term » voluntary|lang=en, more distantly Inter: term » will|lang=en (via Proto-Indo-European).Inter: R:Online Etymology Dictionar » y


Inter: en-noun » benevolences|-
  • Inter: uncountabl » e disposition to do good
    1. Inter: uncountabl » e charitable kindness
    2. Inter: countabl » e an altruistic gift or act

      Derived terms

      * benevolent


      Inter: trans-top » disposition to do good

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|النزعة إلى الخير|m|f|sc=Arab
  • Bulgarian: доброжелателност
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|benevolència|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|welwillendheid|f
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bienveillance|f, Inter: t+ » fr|bénévolence
  • German: Gutmütigkeit {{f}}
  • Icelandic: örlæti

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|dea-mhéin|f
    • Japanese: 仁 (jin)
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|benevolentia|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|benevolência|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|bunăvoință|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|benevolencia|f

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Translation: cs » benevolence
    Translation: et » benevolence
    Translation: eo » benevolence
    Translation: fa » benevolence
    Translation: fr » benevolence
    Translation: ko » benevolence
    Translation: io » benevolence
    Translation: lt » benevolence
    Translation: hu » benevolence
    Translation: ml » benevolence
    Translation: my » benevolence
    Translation: pl » benevolence
    Translation: ro » benevolence
    Translation: ru » benevolence
    Translation: ta » benevolence
    Translation: te » benevolence
    Translation: vi » benevolence
    Translation: zh » benevolence

    bénévolence at English (WD) Of Explained:



    * Inter: IPA » /benevɔlɑ̃s/|lang=fr


    Inter: fr-noun-unc » f|sort=benevolence
  • Inter: archaic » lang=fr benevolence


    * bienveillance

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » fr|bénévole

  • Translation: fr » bénévolence
    Translation: ko » bénévolence