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BENEV'OLENCE, n. L. benevolentia, of bene, well and volo, to will or wish. See Will.
1. The disposition to do good; good will; kindness; charitableness; the love,of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
The benevolence of God is one of his moral attributes; that attribute which delights in the happiness of intelligent beings. "God is love." 1 John 4.
2. An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
3. A species of contribution or tax illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England.
BENEV'OLENT, a. L. benevolens, of bene and volo.
Having a disposition to do good; possessing love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; kind.
BENEV'OLENTLY, adv. In a kind manner; with good will.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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