Benevolences

benevolence

[buh-nev-uh-luhns]
noun
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.
English History. a forced contribution to the sovereign.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin benevolentia. See benevolent, -ence

nonbenevolence, noun
superbenevolence, noun
unbenevolence, noun


1. malevolence.
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benevolence (bɪˈnɛvələns)
 
n
1.  inclination or tendency to help or do good to others; charity
2.  an act of kindness
3.  (in the Middle Ages) a forced loan or contribution exacted by English kings from their nobility and subjects

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benevolence
late 14c., "disposition to do good," from L. benevolentia "good feeling, good will, kindness," from bene "well" (see bene-) + volantem (nom. volens) prp. of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). 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.
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