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Definition of Benevolence

Benevolence

  1. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
  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.

Benevolence Quotations

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
Adam Smith

A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.
Ezra Stiles

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza

General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
Jane Austen

There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation.
Francois Rabelais
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Benevolence Translations

benevolence in German is Wohlwollen
benevolence in Latin is benevolentia
benevolence in Norwegian is velvilje
benevolence in Spanish is benevolencia
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