• WordNet 3.6
    • n benefaction an act intending or showing kindness and good will
    • n benefaction a contribution of money or assistance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Benefaction A benefit conferred; esp. a charitable donation.
    • Benefaction The act of conferring a benefit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benefaction The act of conferring a benefit; a doing of good; beneficence.
    • n benefaction A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.
    • n benefaction Synonyms Kindness. Gift, contribution, alms, charity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benefaction ben-e-fak′shun the act of doing good: a good deed done or benefit conferred: a grant or endowment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. benefactio, fr. benefacere, to do good to one; bene, well + facere, to do. See Benefit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. benefaction-em.


In literature:

But it was by the members of his church that "Cobbler" Horn's lavish benefactions were most eagerly discussed.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
His total benefactions probably exceeded $8,000,000.
"The Greatest Highway in the World" by Anonymous
Among Mr. Corcoran's very first benefactions were gifts to the town of his birth.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
He knew of nothing more delicious than to surprise unexpecting and deserving people with stable benefactions.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
Charitable travellers frequently left benefactions towards the little one's clothing and keep.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
We have looked carefully through the Diary, in the hope of finding some trace of those extraordinary benefactions on which the Doctor reckoned.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Office Building, completed in the latter part of 1903, is the result of this benefaction.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
And what could the helpers do if all their benefactions were indignantly thrust back?
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
He solicited benefactions abroad for support of the charity youths of the school in 1780, 1781, and 1782.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Temporary assistance is succeeded by a solid and permanent benefaction.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Her natural power to impart what knowledge she had gave her the sense of a benefaction.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
To the plain, substantial volume of public appropriations it adds the beautiful supplement of private benefactions.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
One should not be too precipitate in accepting tentative benefactions.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
This was hailed as a public benefaction.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
It is a great, broad, universal public benefaction.
"Why do we need a public library?" by Various
Under his benefaction the celebrated William Pinkey was educated and made a man.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
His benefactions to the Baptist Church have been large and numerous, and of late years have been almost princely.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
The endowment provides for a good education for the children, and a benefaction on their apprenticeship; and the services of a chaplain.
"A Month in Yorkshire" by Walter White
The buildings were also erected at his cost, and his subsequent benefactions were large and frequent.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 3, June, 1851" by Various
If I don't step in with my benefaction he'll possibly murder you.
"Barnaby" by R. Ramsay

In poetry:

Vainglory's a worm which the very best action
Will taint, and its soundness eat through;
But to give one's self airs for a small benefaction,
Is folly and vanity too.
"Charity" by Charles Lamb