AskDefine | Define benefaction

Dictionary Definition



1 a contribution of money or assistance
2 an act intending or showing kindness and good will [syn: benevolence]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of giving aid
  2. An act of charity
  3. alms


the act of giving aid

Extensive Definition

A benefactor is a person who gives some form of help to benefit a person, group or organization, often gifting a monetary contribution in the form of an endowment to help a cause. Benefactors are humanitarian leaders and charitable patrons providing assistance in many forms, such as an alumnus from a university giving back to a college or an individual providing assistance to others. The word benefactor comes from Latin bene (good) and factor (maker).

See also

benefaction in Serbian: Бенефактор

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

act of grace, act of kindness, alms, beneficence, benefit, benevolence, benignity, blessing, boon, charity, contribution, courtesy, favor, good deed, good offices, good turn, grace, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act, kindness, labor of love, manna, mercy, mitzvah, obligation, offering, office, service, turn
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