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 (bĕn′ə-făk′shən, bĕn′ə-făk′-)
1. The act of conferring aid of some sort.
2. A charitable gift or deed.

[Late Latin benefactiō, benefactiōn-, from Latin benefactus, past participle of benefacere, to do a service : bene, well; see deu- in Indo-European roots + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

ben′e·fac′tive (-tĭv) adj.


1. the act of doing good, esp by giving a donation to charity
2. the donation or help given
[C17: from Late Latin benefactiō, from Latin bene well + facere to do]


(ˈbɛn əˌfæk ʃən, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-)

1. an act of conferring a benefit.
2. a benefit conferred; charitable donation.
[1655–65; < Late Latin benefactiō < Latin benefacere to do a service =bene well + facere to do 1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benefaction - a contribution of money or assistancebenefaction - a contribution of money or assistance
donation, contribution - a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
2.benefaction - an act intending or showing kindness and good willbenefaction - an act intending or showing kindness and good will
benignity, kindness - a kind act


1. Something given to a charity or cause:
2. A charitable deed:


[ˌbenɪˈfækʃən] N (frm) (= gift) → beneficio m


(= good deed)Wohltat f, → gute Tat
(= gift)Spende f
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Using the method of case frame analysis, Danove describes the 4,528 occurrences of the 122 New Testament verbs that, at least on occasion, designate communication or communication for a benefactive. His topics include an introduction to case frame analysis, oral communication usages: ACE^C+OR, usages of events derived from communication, non-oral communication: all usages ACE-OR, oral communication for a benefactive: all usages ACED+OR, the active/middle distinction with four verbs, and the case frame lexicon and parsing guide.
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