Definition of benevolence in US English:

benevolence

noun

  • The quality of being well meaning; kindness.

    • ‘They have repeatedly given up their time to save lives and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their benevolence.’
    • ‘As Confucius saw long ago, benevolence or concern for humanity is the indispensable root of it all.’
    • ‘Any positive act of benevolence or good will is one that could be considered sacred.’
    • ‘The disaster left the world in great grief, but it has responded with unprecedented benevolence.’
    • ‘After all, how can we expect a person who is cruel to small creatures to show kindness and benevolence to his countrymen?’
    kindness, kind-heartedness, big-heartedness, goodness, goodwill, benignity, compassion, consideration, thoughtfulness, decency, public-spiritedness, social conscience, charity, charitableness, altruism, humanity, humanitarianism, philanthropism
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Pronunciation

benevolence

/bəˈnevələns/