Benevolence

Definition of Benevolence

Be`nev´o`lence
n.1.The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
The wakeful benevolence of the gospel.
- Chalmers.
2.An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
3.A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.

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