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benefactress

[ben-uh-fak-tris, ben-uh-fak-] /ˈbɛn əˌfæk trɪs, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-/
noun
1.
a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.
Also, benefactrix.
Origin of benefactress
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English benefactrice; see benefactor, -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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