Definition of benefaction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌbenɪˈfækʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbenɪˈfækʃn//
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a gift, usually of money, that is given to a person or an organization in order to do good A large proportion of their income comes from benefactions. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from late Latin benefactio(n-), from bene facere ‘do good (to)’, from bene ‘well’ + facere ‘do’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: benefaction