Definition of benevolence in English:

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benevolence

Pronunciation: /bɪˈnɛv(ə)l(ə)ns/
Pronunciation: /bɪˈnɛvəl(ə)ns/ Pronunciation: /bɪˈnɛvələns/

noun

[mass noun]
The quality of being well meaning; kindness.
Example sentences
  • As Confucius saw long ago, benevolence or concern for humanity is the indispensable root of it all.
  • After all, how can we expect a person who is cruel to small creatures to show kindness and benevolence to his countrymen?
  • Any positive act of benevolence or good will is one that could be considered sacred.
Synonyms
kindness, kind-heartedness, big-heartedness, goodness, goodwill, benignity, compassion, consideration, thoughtfulness, decency, public-spiritedness, social conscience, charity, charitableness, altruism, humanity, humanitarianism, philanthropism;
generosity, magnanimity, magnanimousness, munificence, unselfishness, open-handedness, free-handedness, largesse, lavishness, liberality, beneficence, indulgence
historical almsgiving
literary bounty, bounteousness

Words that rhyme with benevolence

malevolence

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