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benevolence

(in the Middle Ages) a forced loan or contribution exacted by English kings from their nobility and subjects
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Good night, William," he said, in a really soft voice, while his face looked benevolently compassionate.
She looked benevolently at Denham, who said nothing articulate, and then at Katharine, who smiled but said nothing either, upon which Mrs.
Her gaze rested benevolently upon them both, and, after a momentary pause, she remarked, looking at Rachel as if she had remembered something that would serve to keep her distinct from other people.
Lydgate's conceit was of the arrogant sort, never simpering, never impertinent, but massive in its claims and benevolently contemptuous.
He had very benevolently yielded to my importunities on former occasions, and I succeeded in making it clear to him that in so doing he had wrought unconsciously for his own benefit.
Fischer stood beaming benevolently and drinking deep of the astonishment and ecstasy of the girl, the grim admiration and gruff thanks of the colonel, the wonder of the whole group.
Frederick the free, was so humbled, bowed, withered, and faded; William the bond, was so courtly, condescending, and benevolently conscious of a position; that in this regard only, if in no other, the brothers were a spectacle to wonder at.
Wilson's mind was one of those that may not unaptly be represented by a bale of cotton,--downy, soft, benevolently fuzzy and confused.
He winked benevolently, whistled to the dogs, and hobbled off.
In future months, the kingdom benevolently promised, women would be permitted to drive trucks and motorcycles in addition to driving cars.
Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has benevolently transformed his
The country's leadership has repeatedly responded benevolently to the many humanitarian challenges that we face today.