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BENEVOLENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does benevolence mean? 

BENEVOLENCE (noun)
  The noun BENEVOLENCE has 3 senses:

1. disposition to do good
2. an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
3. an act intending or showing kindness and good will

  Familiarity information: BENEVOLENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BENEVOLENCE (noun)


Sense 1benevolence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disposition to do good

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("benevolence" is a kind of...):

love (a strong positive emotion of regard and affection)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "benevolence"):

beneficence (doing good; feeling beneficent)

Antonym:

malevolence (wishing evil to others)


Sense 2benevolence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination to do kind or charitable acts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("benevolence" is a kind of...):

kindness (the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "benevolence"):

brotherly love; charity (a kindly and lenient attitude toward people)


Sense 3benevolence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An act intending or showing kindness and good will

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

benefaction; benevolence

Hypernyms ("benevolence" is a kind of...):

benignity; kindness (a kind act)


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