KJV Dictionary Definition: benevolence


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.