Be*nef"i*cence (?), n. [L. beneficentia, fr. beneficus: cf. F. b'en'eficence. See Benefice.]

The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity; bounty springing from purity and goodness.

And whose beneficence no charge exhausts. Cowper.

Syn. -- See Benevolence.


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