benevolence

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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]

Noun[edit]

benevolence (countable and uncountable, plural benevolences)

  1. (uncountable) disposition to do good
  2. (uncountable) charitable kindness
  3. (countable) an altruistic gift or act

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References[edit]

  1. ^ benevolence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).