Definition of bestowal in US English:



  • See bestow

    • ‘The goddess is now depicted as a blind power, and hence as completely careless and indiscriminate in the bestowal of her gifts.’
    • ‘These people marched to protest the premature bestowal of freedom by exterior forces.’
    • ‘The award of directorships is more significant than the bestowal of gongs; and reading what the papers say is not the same as knowing why they say it.’
    • ‘Infants in particular are under threat, since they are still growing into their full identity as social subjects signified by the bestowal of a name.’
    • ‘In part, the inspiration consisted of the unpredictable bestowal of excessive praise and undeserved blame, a technique which he would later use to such effect with his own pupils.’
    • ‘Here are buildings constructed by the faithful and the finest artists and architects throughout the centuries, more beautiful than ever but not really serving their highest purpose: the praise of God and the bestowal of grace on men.’
    • ‘‘The way they told me, they said, ‘I'm making you a numbered confidential informant,’ as if it was some kind of bestowal.’
    • ‘Most of the given bestowals of nature have their given species-specified natures: they are each and all of a given sort.’
    • ‘Indeed, if my dear husband is reading, the previous sentence does not apply to you, as the regular bestowal of gifts is part of the marriage contract.’
    • ‘My grandfather frequently threatened to rescind the myriad generous bestowals my sister and I were to receive upon his passing if he ever heard we'd cast a Democratic vote.’
    • ‘A person's highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving.’
    • ‘Or was the bestowal of a glass of wine regarded as a necessary courtesy in broaching or sealing these unsentimental transactions?’
    • ‘In other words, friendship means that a bestowal of benefits leads to a so-called fides-relationship.’
    • ‘The nobles, who, because of their birth and wealth controlled access to all essential services, were expected to provide various services to their cities in exchange for the public bestowal of honor from the inhabitants.’
    • ‘As the evangelist most preoccupied with the formation of the church, Luke emphasizes the importance of the bestowal of the Holy Spirit in both his gospel and Acts.’
    • ‘The bestowal of peace upon the disciples may also echo a feature of the liturgy, the greeting or kiss of peace - a feature of the liturgy from the earliest times.’
    • ‘The novella becomes a meditation on our relationship with the art of cinema, its bestowal of seeming immortality on its stars and the dialectic of our own fulfillment and loss.’
    • ‘It has now become a rich and integral part of the fabric of communal life, acknowledged nationally on a number of occasions, by the bestowal of AIMS awards, the Oscars of the amateur musical stage.’
    • ‘Patrons remained in the superior social position, even if they failed to reciprocate their clients' public bestowals of loyalty and honor.’
    • ‘These are more than symbolic bestowals, however.’