Definition of benefaction in English:



  • A donation or gift.

    • ‘It is left to us to keep their generous benefaction alive, and our blessed, beautiful country worthy of their courage.’
    • ‘My second example is the recent establishment of a professorship of Modern Arabic, made possible by a benefaction from the Sultan of Oman.’
    • ‘His total benefactions - including more than 2,800 Carnegie libraries - amounted to $350 million.’
    • ‘As one of his biographers noted, the statistics of his benefactions alone are mind-numbing.’
    • ‘But he left his benefaction for the university untouched and so inspired his colleagues and sons that they saw to its establishment.’
    • ‘Occasionally, a great private patron with local connections might favour the town with a benefaction or by acting as friend at court.’
    • ‘Those without political ambitions would point to their record of public service and, if wealthy, to their public and private benefactions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact there is an ambiguity to several of these benefactions.’
    • ‘He provided steady employment and the list of his benefactions was long.’
    • ‘‘I was brought up by the country, and I am always thinking of repaying the benefaction with my little contribution,’ Chen said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These conferences are made possible through the benefaction of the Barrow Cadbury Trust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kellogg College has received generous benefactions from the Kellogg Foundation.’
    • ‘But society visits upon its members other benefactions, of such significance as to make it appear more and more divine.’
    • ‘She wasted a great part of the royal treasury for her benefactions!’
    • ‘It is worth examining these benefactions carefully in order to determine from whence individual things came.’
    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’.