• The Madonnas, under their iron canopies, looked down, serene and beneficent
    The Madonnas, under their iron canopies, looked down, serene and beneficent
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beneficence the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
    • n beneficence doing good; feeling beneficent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beneficence The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity; bounty springing from purity and goodness. "And whose beneficence no charge exhausts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beneficence The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
    • n beneficence A benefaction; a beneficent act or gift. Synonyms Benevolence, Beneficence, Bounty, Liberality, Generosity, Munificence, Charity. Benevolence, literally well-wishing, is expressive of the disposition to do good; hence it easily came to be applied to charitable gifts. Beneficence, literally well-doing, is the outcome and visible expression of benevolence. It is a strong though general word for active and abundant helpfulness to those who are in need. Benevolence may exist without the means or opportunity for beneficence, but beneficence always presupposes benevolence. Bounty is expressive of kind feeling, but more expressive of abundant giving. Liberality is giving which is large in proportion to the means of the giver. Generosity adds to the notion of liberality that of largeness or nobleness of spirit in connection with the gift. Munificence is giving on a large scale, not restricting itself to necessary things, but giving lavishly; it is the one of these words most likely to be applied to ostentatious or self-seeking liberality, but not necessarily so. Charity, while having the best original meaning, has come to be a general word; as to gifts, it is what is bestowed upon the poor or needy, but not always with warm or kindly feelings: as, official charity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beneficence be-nef′i-sens active goodness: kindness: charity: a beneficent gift
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. beneficentia, fr. beneficus,: cf. F. bénéficence,. See Benefice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. beneficentia.


In literature:

His benefices, however, bring him in more than sixteen thousand ducats annually.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
Mr. Leslie, what does intellectual power refined to the utmost, but entirely stripped of beneficence, most resemble?
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
We note first the designation of the Macedonian Christians' beneficence as 'a grace' given by God to them.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Mark now what effect the profusion of nature and the beneficence of God produced on the mind of this prosperous man.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
It is the same precious gift of a beneficent power to all his creatures.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Usury suspends this beneficent law and aggravates the evil, making the differences in condition permanent and increasing them.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
His life was spent in missionary activity and beneficent service, and he died at Iona.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
But they were not, on account of these facts, less beneficent or useful.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
That none should putt his awin sone in his awin benefice.
"The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by John Knox
But if in the West the dragon is usually a "power of evil," in the far East he is equally emphatically a symbol of beneficence.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith

In poetry:

Now seem the hours to be brooding
In still, beneficent rest,
And with a quieter motion
Heaves now the laboring breast.
"Autumn Days" by Franz Emanuel August Von Geibel
Be honest, kindly, simple, true;
Seek good in all, scorn but pretence;
Whatever sorrow come to you,
Believe in Life's Beneficence!
"The World's All Right" by Robert W Service
Or was it part of an eternal law?
Then how ineffably beneficent!
Each thought excites an ecstasy of awe,
A rapture rending the mind's firmament.
"Long Odds" by Aleister Crowley
Float out, oh flag, above a smiling Land!
Float out, oh flag, above a peaceful sod!
Float out, oh flag, thy staff within the hand
Beneficent of God!
"Arms And The Man - The Flag Of The Republic" by James Barron Hope
Gracious deceivers, who have lifted us
Out of the slough where passed our unknown youth.
Beneficent liars, who have gifted us
With sacred love of truth!
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
The heart has tendrils like the vine,
Which round another's bosom twine,
Outspringing from the living tree
Of deeply-planted sympathy;
Whose flowers are hope, its fruits are bliss,
Beneficence its harvest is.
"Blessings of Instruction" by John Bowring

In news:

In a world where the gap between the haves and the have-nots is often painfully apparent, beneficent and philanthropic efforts by some of the world's wealthiest sound pretty good.
John Muir, who dubbed the snow-capped Sierra the "Range of Light," and whose musings about their divinity shaped his generation's faith in nature's holy beneficence, spent a lot of time in Los Angeles.
John Muir , who dubbed the snow-capped Sierra the "Range of Light," and whose musings about their divinity shaped his generation's faith in nature's holy beneficence, spent a lot of time in Los Angeles.
The beneficent reign of divine Love is always near.
BEFORE millions of television viewers, under the dewy and beneficent gaze of Oprah Winfrey, the two of them traded moony glances.
"One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness ,is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.".
Today's Washington is more interested in exploiting such beneficence.
All hail Mitt the Mighty, or perhaps Barack the Beneficent.
An erratic genius and his sober-sided partner made their product a household necessity and built fortunes which their numerous progeny have spent in ways both beneficent and bizarre.