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benefactor

[ben-uh-fak-ter, ben-uh-fak-] /ˈbɛn əˌfæk tər, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-/
noun
1.
a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
2.
a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
Origin of benefactor
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English benefactour < Late Latin; see bene-, factor
Synonyms
2. patron, supporter, sponsor, backer, protector.
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benefactor

/ˈbɛnɪˌfæktə; ˌbɛnɪˈfæk-/
noun
1.
a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
Derived Forms
benefactress, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for benefactor
n.

mid-15c., from Late Latin benefactor, from Latin phrase bene facere, from bene "well" (see bene-) + facere "to do" (see factitious). Translated in Old English as wel-doend.

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