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an act of conferring a benefit; the doing of good; a good deed:
He is known throughout the region for his many benefactions.
the benefit conferred; charitable donation:
to solicit benefactions for earthquake victims.
Historical Examples

Bell’s Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
A Walk from London to John O’Groat’s Elihu Burritt
Blue Lights R.M. Ballantyne
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20) Charles Sumner
The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
The Celt and Saxon, Complete George Meredith
Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867 William Dunn Macray
A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches Sarah Orne Jewett
New Grub Street George Gissing

the act of doing good, esp by giving a donation to charity
the donation or help given


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