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benefactor

ben·e·fac·tor

benefactor

 
 
pronunciation:
be n faek tr
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who benefits or helps an individual or an institution, usu. by giving money.
The university library is named after one of the school's benefactors.The painter suffered much hardship after his benefactor withdrew his support.
similar words:
friend, patron
derivation: benefactress (n.)
Word Parts
The word benefactor contains the following parts:
ben, bene, bon Latin root that means good, well
synonyms:
eu
antonyms:
mal, male
 
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".