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(n.) An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
(n.) The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
(n.) A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Benevolence'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/b/benevolence.html. 1828.