What does the word benevolence mean?

Usage examples for benevolence

  1. I now hope through your benevolence to attain the wishes of my heart; I shall then be satisfied. – Bagh O Bahar, Or Tales of the Four Darweshes by Mir Amman of Dihli
  2. A double purpose is served by this; for the active benevolence which is eager to work in the cause, is thus turned into a harmless and convenient channel. – An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Child
  3. I was extremely pleased, as we rid along, to observe the general benevolence of all the neighborhood towards my friend. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks