benefactress


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ben·e·fac·tress

 (bĕn′ə-făk′trĭs)
n.
A woman who gives aid, especially financial aid.

ben•e•fac•tress

(ˈbɛn əˌfæk trɪs, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-)

n.
a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, or endowment.
[1425–75]
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benefactress - a woman benefactorbenefactress - a woman benefactor      
benefactor, helper - a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

benefactress

noun
A person who gives to a charity or cause:
Translations

benefactress

[ˈbenɪfæktrɪs] Nbienhechora f, benefactora f

benefactress

[ˈbenɪfæktrɪs] nbienfaitrice f

benefactress

nWohltäterin f; (= giver of money also)Gönnerin f

benefactress

[ˈbɛnɪˌfæktrɪs] nbenefattrice f
References in classic literature ?
She spoke lightly and laughingly of Sir Pitt's proposal, ridiculed it as the foolish fancy of an old man; and her eyes filled with tears, and Briggs's heart with unutterable pangs of defeat, as she said she desired no other lot than to remain for ever with her dear benefactress. "My dear little creature," the old lady said, "I don't intend to let you stir for years, that you may depend upon it.
She took Miss Jones to the robing-room, and soon brought her back in regulation trim, and then we entered the ballroom with this benefactress unchallenged.
"What shocking conduct, Miss Eyre, to strike a young gentleman, your benefactress's son!
'But the dear child,' said Lammle, with a crooked smile, 'ought to have been open with her benefactor and benefactress. The darling love ought to have reposed unbounded confidence in her benefactor and benefactress.'
His hunger finally appeased, he raised his head to thank his kind benefactress. But he had not looked at her long when he gave a cry of surprise and sat there with his eyes wide open, his fork in the air, and his mouth filled with bread and cauliflower.
What could the child do with the knowledge she had, but give him every penny that came into her hands, lest he should be tempted on to rob their benefactress? If she told the truth (so thought the child) he would be treated as a madman; if she did not supply him with money, he would supply himself; supplying him, she fed the fire that burnt him up, and put him perhaps beyond recovery.
Higg, the son of Snell, withdrew into the crowd, but, interested in the fate of his benefactress, lingered until he should learn her doom, even at the risk of again encountering the frown of that severe judge, the terror of which withered his very heart within him.
Truth obliged her to acknowledge some small share in the action, but she was at the same time so unwilling to appear as the benefactress of Edward, that she acknowledged it with hesitation; which probably contributed to fix that suspicion in his mind which had recently entered it.
Never before had Adrienne seen a fabric as beautiful as our own, and, as I afterwards discovered, she was laying by a few francs with the intention of purchasing the piece, and of working and ornamenting the handkerchiefs, in order to present them to her benefactress, the dauphine.
Could she leave her friend and benefactress helpless at Lady Montbarry's mercy?
If his benefactress wanted intellectual conversation, she must have it.
For the first time in their experience of each other Mercy ventured to interrupt her benefactress. "Dear Lady Janet," she interposed, gently, "I am in no hurry to be married.