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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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My mother's tender caresses and my father's smile of benevolent pleasure while regarding me are my first recollections.
Why, good people, when he comes smoothly spinning through the Yard to-night, like a slow-going benevolent Humming-Top, and when you come about him with your complaints of the Grubber, you don't know what a cheat the Proprietor is
Here is your benevolent Patriarch of a Casby, and there is his golden rule.
Pickwick, grasping the old lady's hand, and speaking so loud that the exertion imparted a crimson hue to his benevolent countenance--'I assure you, ma'am, that nothing delights me more than to see a lady of your time of life heading so fine a family, and looking so young and well.
They sting, buzz, and torment, from one end of the year to the other, and by incessantly exasperating the natives materially obstruct the benevolent labours of the missionaries.
The benevolent gentleman is sorry; but, then, the thing happens every day
I followed my instructions, and described you as a benevolent person in search of cases of real distress.
If there be in this work, as some have been pleased to say, a stronger picture of a truly benevolent mind than is to be found in any other, who that knows you, and a particular acquaintance of yours, will doubt whence that benevolence hath been copied?
It was a set made up of elderly, ugly, benevolent, and godly women, and clever, learned, and ambitious men.
It was right to do it, it was kind to do it, it was benevolent to do it, and he would do it again.
Except to the attack on Nanny's cousin, Sir Thomas no longer made any objection, and a more respectable, though less economical rendezvous being accordingly substituted, everything was considered as settled, and the pleasures of so benevolent a scheme were already enjoyed.
I contemplate at least a temporary withdrawal from the management of much business, whether benevolent or commercial.