Pronunciation: (bu-nev'u-luns), [key]
1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
3. Eng. Hist.a forced contribution to the sovereign.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.