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[ben-uh-fak-shuh n, ben-uh-fak-] /ˈbɛn əˌfæk ʃən, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-/
an act of conferring a benefit; the doing of good; a good deed:
He is known throughout the region for his many benefactions.
the benefit conferred; charitable donation:
to solicit benefactions for earthquake victims.
Origin of benefaction
1655-65; < Late Latin benefactiōn- (stem of benefactiō), equivalent to Latin bene bene- + fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Most of the rest of the money is from the benefaction of corporate interests looking to turn research into dollars.
  • Here through long years she endeared herself to all with whom she come in contact, and made her life a benefaction to many.
  • Once satisfied that the gift would not be wasted, there were no limits to his benefaction.
British Dictionary definitions for benefaction


the act of doing good, esp by giving a donation to charity
the donation or help given
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin benefactiō, from Latin bene well + facere to do
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