Definition of benefaction in English:



  • A donation or gift.

    ‘an exceptional benefaction’
    mass noun ‘take official receipt of such benefaction’
    • ‘But society visits upon its members other benefactions, of such significance as to make it appear more and more divine.’
    • ‘These conferences are made possible through the benefaction of the Barrow Cadbury Trust.’
    • ‘As one of his biographers noted, the statistics of his benefactions alone are mind-numbing.’
    • ‘His total benefactions - including more than 2,800 Carnegie libraries - amounted to $350 million.’
    • ‘Kellogg College has received generous benefactions from the Kellogg Foundation.’
    • ‘Allowing for inflation, religious benefactions dropped from a total of over £80,000 in 1501-10 to under £2,000 in 1591-1600.’
    • ‘By such benefactions artists seek to pay some of their dues.’
    • ‘‘I was brought up by the country, and I am always thinking of repaying the benefaction with my little contribution,’ Chen said.’
    • ‘But he left his benefaction for the university untouched and so inspired his colleagues and sons that they saw to its establishment.’
    • ‘The new Foundation will receive a benefaction of £10 million from the Rhodes Trust, and will focus on the areas of education, governance, healthcare, environmental protection, law and sport.’
    • ‘My second example is the recent establishment of a professorship of Modern Arabic, made possible by a benefaction from the Sultan of Oman.’
    • ‘Copenhagen is filled with his projects and benefactions - most famously the Little Mermaid, which he commissioned in 1913 after seeing a ballet version of the Hans Christian Anderson story.’
    • ‘She wasted a great part of the royal treasury for her benefactions!’
    • ‘Refounded in 1602 on the site of the earlier university library, it has since 1604 borne by royal decree the name of the remarkable man whose endowment remains the greatest benefaction ever received by the University of Oxford.’
    • ‘It is worth examining these benefactions carefully in order to determine from whence individual things came.’
    • ‘It is left to us to keep their generous benefaction alive, and our blessed, beautiful country worthy of their courage.’
    • ‘In fact there is an ambiguity to several of these benefactions.’
    • ‘Those without political ambitions would point to their record of public service and, if wealthy, to their public and private benefactions.’
    • ‘Occasionally, a great private patron with local connections might favour the town with a benefaction or by acting as friend at court.’
    • ‘He provided steady employment and the list of his benefactions was long.’
    present, donation, offering, contribution, handout, presentation, bestowal, largesse, alms, charity, bonus, award, premium, bounty, boon, favour, bequest, legacy, inheritance, settlement, subsidy, grant, endowment
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Mid 17th century: from late Latin benefactio(n-), from bene facere ‘do good (to)’, from bene ‘well’ + facere ‘do’.