benevolence benevolence  /bə ˈnɛ və ləns/


  1. (n) an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
  2. (n) disposition to do good
  3. (n) an act intending or showing kindness and good will


  1. In addition to his theorem about right triangles, Pythagoras promoted benevolence among all species, including humans.
  2. What I took to be benevolence was merely emotional indignation.
  3. A solid majority had voted against shrewd, able Laborite Prime Minister Peter Fraser, who had governed the country with the red-taped rod of compulsory benevolence.


  1. Bounce Energy Teams With Zoey's Angels to Provide Comfort for Hurting Families

    Electricity Company Conducts Social Media Campaign to Raise Awareness the Organization's Benevolence Efforts
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Marketwire

  2. LCWL installation ceremony

    LCWL installation ceremony The Lumberton Civic Womens League held its installation ceremony last week for its new officers. Those officers include: President Carol Dumatrait; 1st V.P. over membership Linda Carter; 2nd V.P. over Ways & Means Jennifer Walters; 3rd V.P. over Programs Phyllis McLane; 4th V.P. over Benevolence Iva Abel; Recording Secretary Pat Redden; Treasurer Helen Case; and ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Beaumont Enterprise


  1. "This is irrational generosity," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., saying the country doesn't have enough money to help veterans and the elderly. "This is benevolence gone wild."
    on Feb 7, 2008 By: Dana Rohrabacher Source: News 10NBC

  2. As Adam Smith said, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest."
    on Jun 16, 2005 By: Adam Smith Source:

  3. "While the US is already sending federal aid and assets, I am confident that the generosity of the American people will be what it so regularly is in these tragedies -- an inspiring expression of responsibility and benevolence," said McConnell...
    on Jan 13, 2010 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Los Angeles Times

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