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Synonyms for benevolence
bəˈnɛv ə lənsbenev·o·lence

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. benevolence

    According to the etymology and original usage, beneficence is the doing well, benevolence the wishing or willing well to others; but benevolence has come to include beneficence, and to displace it. We should not now speak of benevolence which did not help, unless where there was no power to help; even then we should rather say good-will or sympathy. Charity, which originally meant the purest love for God and man (as in 1 Cor. xiii), is now almost universally applied to some form of almsgiving, and is much more limited in meaning than benevolence. Benignity suggests some occult power of blessing, such as was formerly ascribed to the stars; we may say a good man has an air of benignity. Kindness and tenderness are personal; benevolence and charity are general. Kindness extends to all sentient beings, whether men or animals, in prosperity or in distress. Tenderness especially goes out toward the young, feeble, and needy, or even to the dead. Humanity is so much kindness and tenderness toward man or beast as it would be inhuman not to have; we say of some act of care or kindness, "common humanity requires it." Generosity is self-forgetful kindness in disposition or action; it includes much besides giving; as, the generosity of forgiveness. Bounty applies to ample giving, which on a larger scale is expressed by munificence. Liberality indicates broad, genial kindly views, whether manifested in gifts or otherwise. We speak of the bounty of a generous host, the liberality or munificence of the founder of a college, or of the liberality of a theologian toward the holders of conflicting beliefs. Philanthropy applies to wide schemes for human welfare, often, but not always, involving large expenditures in charity or benevolence. Compare MERCY.

    Synonyms:
    almsgiving, beneficence, benignity, bounty, charity, generosity, good-will, humanity, kind-heartedness, kindliness, kindness, liberality, munificence, philanthropy, sympathy, unselfishness

    Antonyms:
    barbarity, brutality, churlishness, greediness, harshness, ill-will, illiberality, inhumanity, malevolence, malignity, niggardliness, self-seeking, selfishness, stinginess, unkindness

    Preposition:
    Benevolence of, on the part of, or from the wealthy, to or toward the poor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolencenoun

    disposition to do good

    Synonyms:
    benefaction

    Antonyms:
    malevolence, malignity

  2. benevolencenoun

    an inclination to do kind or charitable acts

    Synonyms:
    benefaction

    Antonyms:
    malignity, malevolence

  3. benevolence, benefactionnoun

    an act intending or showing kindness and good will

    Synonyms:
    benefaction

    Antonyms:
    malignity, malevolence

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. benevolencenoun

    Synonyms:
    kindness, benignity, kind-heartedness, humanity, tenderness, charitableness, good-will, disposition to do good, milk of human kindness

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. benevolencenoun

    Synonyms:
    beneficence, bounty, benignity, charity

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "benevolence":

    goodwill, generosity, yan, charity, indulgence, kindness

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How to use benevolence in a sentence?

  1. John Updike:

    Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.

  2. John Jay Chapman:

    Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.

  3. Randolph Ray:

    Kindness is the life's blood, the elixir of marriage. Kindness makes the difference between passion and caring. Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love ... Kindness is good will. Kindness says, 'I want you to be happy.' Kindness comes very close to the benevolence of God.

  4. Proverb:

    If charity cost nothing and benevolence caused no heartache, the world would be full of philanthropists.

  5. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Life is a gift from God. And so, God is good. Because, he (God) gives us the privilege or the opportunity to pursue and realize our dreams, visions and aspirations. Thus, we should reciprocate his (God's) benevolence upon us by helping someone else or others as much as we can and as long as we live. ~Emeasoba George


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