• WordNet 3.6
    • n benevolence an act intending or showing kindness and good will
    • n benevolence an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
    • n benevolence disposition to do good
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobel, actually invented dynamite, (Dynamite no.1 and Ballistite) but when he saw the destruction it caused, he decided to do something benevolent with all the money he made. Hence the Nobel Prize.
    • Benevolence A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.
    • Benevolence An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
    • Benevolence 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benevolence The disposition to do good; the love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness; good will; kindness; charitableness.
    • n benevolence An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
    • n benevolence In England, an arbitrary contribution or tax illegally exacted in the guise of a gratuity to the sovereign, from the time of Edward IV., and forbidden by act of Parliament under William and Mary: sometimes used of similar exactions elsewhere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benevolence ben-ev′ol-ens disposition to do good: an act of kindness: generosity: a gift of money, esp. for support of the poor:
    • n Benevolence ben-ev′ol-ens (Eng. hist.) a kind of forced loan or contribution, levied by kings without legal authority, first so called under Edward IV. in 1473
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  • P. Godwin
    P. Godwin
    “The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.”
  • John Updike
    “Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.”
  • Robert Burns
    “The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite human beings, Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. benevolence, L. benevolentia,. See Benevolent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. benevolentia.


In literature:

A more benevolent man I have seldom seen.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
They choose to make monarchy contemptible by exposing it to derision in the person of the most benevolent of their kings.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Mine was from a mild and benevolent sovereign: his from Henry the Eighth.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Benevolent and social, they desired to see all around them happy.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
He is somewhat eccentric and original, but, at the same time, his secret piety and stolen benevolence are beyond all question.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Now, the benevolence and singular power of Valentine Greatrakes are historical facts which cannot be contradicted.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
How he succeeded in this benevolent resolution, time and the progress of this truthful history will show.
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
It is said that growing wealth only tightens the grip on the money and hardens the heart against the calls of benevolence.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 1, January, 1889" by Various
Sometimes large bequests are made to benevolent societies, and the donor is generally considered a very generous man.
"The Nest in the Honeysuckles, and other Stories" by Various
Mrs. Wiley and Miss Buff called with the same benevolent intentions as my lady.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr

In poetry:

Kind shepherds wha watch wi' benevolent care
Owre the puir o' the flock—wha stint na nor spare
In labours o' love—ye are blest in your deed;
We honour, an' thank ye, an' bid ye God speed.
"The Feast of The "Munches"" by Janet Hamilton
Can it be one of Nature's benevolent tricks
That you grow hard of hearing as I grow prolix?
And that look of delight which would angels beguile
Is the deaf man's prolonged unintelligent smile?
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
They may talk of their diamond that beams in the mine ;
It sparkling and glowing and brilliant may be ; —
But while thy dear eyes with benevolence shine,
I care for none else, —they're the diamonds for me.
"They may talk of their flowers" by Mary Anne Browne
Little Maids of the Mill, who, themselves but ill fed,
Are oblig'd, 'mong their other benevolent cares,
To keep "feeding the scribblers," and better, 'tis said,
Than old Blackwood or Fraser have ever fed theirs.
"Epistle Of Condolence From A Slave-Lord To A Cotton-Lord" by Thomas Moore
No specification is necessary—all that a male or female does, that
is vigorous, benevolent, clean, is so much profit to him or
her, in the unshakable order of the universe, and through the
whole scope of it forever.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman
Dearest dream, my soul's enchantment Lovely guest from heav'n above,
Most benevolent attender
To the earthly realm below,
You gave me blissful satisfaction
Momentary but complete:
Bringing with you happy tidings - Like a herald from the skies.
"Lalla Ruk" by Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky

In news:

The community stepped up, in their tennis shoe s, to raise money for the Anderson Cancer Center Patient Benevolence Fund.
At the end of Sources of the Self (1990), Charles Taylor argues that the modern West lacks the moral resources it needs to realize its own ideals of universal justice and benevolence.
Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 have established the Leon Baucham Jr Benevolent Account at BECU to help the man's children in their future education.
A former president of the Arizona Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association submitted the highest bid of $3.25 million for bankrupt Yavapai Downs and hopes to return horse racing there this year.
The Oxnard Elks Lodge No 1443 cooks up 18 huge turkeys to serve anyone who needs a warm, free meal "because we're the Benevolent Order of the Elks," said Cameron Gonzales, 11.
The Cubs have been one of the more benevolent organizations in professional sports when it comes to the treatment of departing employees over the last year.
Spiritual Empowerment , Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love.
The man who presided over Britney Spears' life during her well-publicized meltdown is portraying himself in court as a benevolent personal manager who saved her from ruin.
American Bolero Dance Company and Spanish Benevolent Society-Centro Español proudly present TABLAO FLAMENCO IN ASTORIA, Friday, January 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm.
Bush seeks 'benevolent' immigration policy.
There could be many circumstances where assistance to commit suicide springs from malevolent rather than benevolent intent .
Belly Fat, Beauty Bias, Benevolent Banks and Bluesmen.
Emily notes that right-to-work laws are "cleverly titled to sound benevolent".
As embodied by actor Michael C Hall, Dexter not only harbors an evil side, but a benevolent one.
PLATTSBURGH — His marriage to his wife is the only commitment Charles Harold Raymond has had longer than his membership in Plattsburgh Lodge 621, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

In science:

Then we extend the algorithm to cover several other cases of interval scheduling including monotone instances, C-benevolent instances and D-benevolent instances, giving the same competitive ratio.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
C- and D-benevolent instances where the weight of an interval is given by some ‘nice’ function of its length (convex increasing for C-benevolent, and decreasing for D-benevolent).
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
This and most other lower bounds for D-benevolent instances only work for a subclass of functions that satisfy a surjective condition.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
The precise way of defining the slots depends on the case being studied (equal-length, monotone, C- or D-benevolent instances).
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
Once again, the algorithm for C-benevolent instances RAN -C consists of two deterministic algorithms A and B , each with probability 1/2 of being executed.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs