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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Be*nev"o*lence
  1. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness."The wakeful benevolence of the gospel." [Chalmers.]
  2. An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
  3. A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.
    synonyms: Benevolence Beneficence Munificence.

Usage: Benevolence marks a disposition made up of a choice and desire for the happiness of others. Beneficence marks the working of this disposition in dispensing good on a somewhat broad scale. Munificence shows the same disposition, but acting on a still broader scale, in conferring gifts and favors. These are not necessarily confined to objects of immediate utility. One may show his munificence in presents of pictures or jewelry, but this would not be beneficence. Benevolence of heart; beneficence of life; munificence in the encouragement of letters.

Etymology: OF. benevolence, L. benevolentia. See Benevolent

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An act intending or showing kindness and good will
  2. An inclination to do kind or charitable acts
  3. Disposition to do good

Circa 1400, original sense “good will, disposition to do good”, Old French benivolence from Latin benevolentia (also directly from Latin), literally “good will”, from bene (“well, good”) + volentia, form of volēns, form of volō (“I wish”), components cognate to English benefit and voluntary, more distantly will (via Proto-Indo-European).

  1. (uncountable) Disposition to do good
  2. (uncountable) Charitable kindness
  3. (countable) An altruistic gift or act

Fun Facts about the name Benevolence

  • How unique is the name Benevolence? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Benevolence was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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Past life for Benevolence born Sep 13, 1955

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-East approximately on 1775. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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