• WordNet 3.6
    • n benefactor a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Benefactor One who confers a benefit or benefits.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benefactor Literally, a well-doer; one who does good.
    • n benefactor One who confers a benefit; a kindly helper: as, “the great benefactor of mankind,”
    • n benefactor One who makes a benefaction to or endows a charitable or other institution; one who makes a bequest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benefactor one who gives a benefit to another, esp. one who leaves a legacy to some charitable or religious institution, a patron:—fem. Benefac′tress
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  • Mark Twain
    “We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.”
  • John Betjeman
    John Betjeman
    “People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us be grateful to Adam, our benefactor. He cut us out of the blessing of idleness and won for us the curse of labor.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. benefaction-em.


In literature:

Christ had enemies and detractors, and do you wish to have all friends and benefactors?
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
If ever the word can rightly be used of any one, then of William Booth it can be said he was a benefactor of mankind.
"The Authoritative Life of General William Booth" by George Scott Railton
The whole assembly, with shouts and applause, rose at the sight, and received them as their benefactors and saviours.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume II" by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
But the duty he owed to his benefactor seemed imperative.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
They all remember you as their friend and benefactor, and return to you their sincere thanks.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Them's for the benefactors.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
One style to a gracious benefactor; another to a proud and insulting foe.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Surely the siren left nothing untried to please her patron and benefactor.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
He now determined upon applying to Ptol'emy, king of Egypt, to whose father he had been a considerable benefactor.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
They had filled their pockets with the richest of the spoils, and would not now contribute a penny to reward their benefactor.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green

In poetry:

Prosper our handy-work, thou gracious God!
And further our endeavours with success:
So, on our knees, shall we thy name applaud,
And night and morn our benefactor bless.
"The Farmer's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Even the little birds their voices raise,
And for their food their benefactor praise —
With tuneful notes they laud him all day long;
That 'tis a bliss to listen to their song!
"A Rebuke, For Neglecting To Beg A Blessing On, And To Return Thanks For, Our Food" by Rees Prichard
Aid from mighty streams obtained,
Southern States are shaped and drained.
Thus the Keang and Han are thanked,
And as benefactors ranked.
Weary toil my vigor drains;
All unnoticed it remains!
"An Officer Deplores The Misery Of The Time" by Confucius

In news:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the state Department of Natural Resources and the state division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys will soon be the benefactors of 3-D seismic research performed in Cook Inlet.
New donations, including $250 from an anonymous benefactor from Robbinsville, have helped bring the total raised to far to $24,900.
Local upper elementary, middle and high school music programs in Aiken County will be the benefactors of a grant awarded to the Aiken Performing Arts Group from Bi- Lo Charities.
A plan to help blighted suburbs meets French resistance due to suspicions over benefactor.
Investigators name China as 'most logical' benefactor.
Many of our members have chosen to join at a level that qualifies them for membership in Benefactors Circle , our leadership giving club.
In the education sector, the development of visualization centers in partnership with technology organizations and industry benefactors are putting a focus on the relationship between AV and IT.
Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity.
Lou "Earp" Mitchell, one of Licking County's most generous benefactors, was found dead - 6:31 am.
It should come as no surprise that after decades of claiming fame as one of the most generous of the European welfare states that its beneficiaries decided to torch the benefactor.
Rita Braver tells has the story of a mysterious benefactor who in the Great Depression , sent gifts to those in need.
The Dunkirk Marauders were the benefactors of four forfeits, three pins and a technical fall in holding off the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, 50-33, Tuesday in non-league high school wrestling action.
The world's greatest benefactors of capitalism are questioning the virtue of unfettered markets.
Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity .
Corporations and other organizations that donate in the highest bracket — $1 million — will have access to a children's concert, "benefactors reception," and four tickets to the official inaugural ball, among other perks.

In science:

The HET is named in honor of its principal benefactors, William P.
Testing Models of Intrinsic Brightness Variations in Type Ia Supernovae, and their Impact on Measuring Cosmological Parameters
He is a credit to mathematics and a true benefactor of mankind.
And free lunch for all...
The HET is named in honor of its principal benefactors, William P.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The HET is named in honor of its principal benefactors, William P.
Red giants from the Pennsylvania - Torun Planet Search
Supported by a Benefactor Studentship from St John’s College.
Computing Prosodic Morphology