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.
benevolence (part of speech: noun)
mildness (part of speech: noun)
gentleness, open-mindedness, evenness, benignity, libertarianism, acceptance, insipidity, moderateness, peaceableness, kindness, mildness, quietness, lenience, latitude, liberty, clemency, laxity, liberality, tolerance, permissiveness, amiability, geniality, broad-mindedness, liberalness, moderation, sweetness, easiness, charity, tenderness, softness, forbearance, meekness, cordiality
philanthropy (part of speech: noun)
generosity (part of speech: noun)
- Hadn't she possibly, from motives of the highest benevolence, promptings of the finest anxiety, just given poor Susie what she would have called the straight tip? - "The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2", Henry James.
- Benevolence, which is the legal remedy for social crime, favours social crime. - "Selected Essays", Karl Marx.
- This cheered the poor, disconsolate fellow, who soon went with Mr. Mills to Torringford, and was placed under the " care of those whose benevolence was without a bond or check, or a limit to confine it." - "A Story of One Short Life, 1783 to 1818 [Samuel John Mills]", Elisabeth G. Stryker.