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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.

Synonym: benevolence, beneficence, Munificence.

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.

Origin: OF. Benevolence, L. Benevolentia. See Benevolent.

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Protection for "weirdest" species.

... In fact, they tend to just make people mad because they can't develop areas where these endangered species live, so there's more antipathy than benevolence.

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:42 pm
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Topic: Protection for "weirdest" species.
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The Fiber Disease

... CDC has some promising news soon..... and I saw where someone made a semi-wise comment on the thoughts of possibilby Bill Gates and his monetary benevolence filtering over to us..... Well, would'nt that be splendid? I think Melinda would not go for that though....I think she funds the science ...

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Topic: The Fiber Disease
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