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benevolence

be·nev·o·lence

benevolence

 
pronunciation:
b ne v lns
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the inclination to act to the benefit of others; good will.
The shelter owes its existence to the benevolence of members of the community.The young volunteers were filled with benevolence toward their fellow man.The disaster inspired benevolence on the part thousands of citizens across the country.It was not out of benevolence that he helped them, but out of his own selfish aims.
synonyms:
charity, good will, kindliness, philanthropy
antonyms:
barbarity, malevolence, malice, spite
similar words:
altruism, consideration, friendliness, goodness, graciousness, kindheartedness, kindness, unselfishness
definition 2: an act of kindness or charity.
The old man's gift of funds for the new library was an unexpected benevolence.
synonyms:
benefaction, kindliness, kindness, philanthropy
similar words:
charity, contribution, donation, favor, generosity, gift, munificence, present
Word Parts
The word benevolence contains the following parts:
ben, bene, bon Latin root that means good, well
synonyms:
eu
antonyms:
mal, male
 
vol Latin root that means wish, intention, will
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.