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Definition of benevolence:

  1. A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.
  2. An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
  3. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.


bounty, favor, sympathy, give, office, almsgiving, humanity, grace, kindheartedness, oblation, benignancy, benefaction, kind, kind-heartedness, kindliness, attitude.

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