Definition of beneficent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bɪˈnefɪsnt//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈnefɪsnt//
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giving help; showing kindness synonym generous the beneficent powers of Nature Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin beneficent- (stem of beneficentior, comparative of beneficus ‘favourable, generous’), from bene facere ‘do good (to)’.
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