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bĕnĕvŏlentĭa (better than bĕnĭvŏ-lentĭa ), ae, f. benevolus,
I.good-will, benevolence, kindness, favor, friendship (diff. from amor, q.v.; “in good class. prose, most freq. in Cic., esp. in Lael. and Off.): amor, ex quo amicitia nominata, princeps est ad benevolentiam conjungendam,Cic. Lael. 8, 26; id. Fam. 3, 9, 1; * Ter. Heaut. 1, 1, 63 (Fleck. sapientia): “capere, movere,Cic. Off. 2, 9, 32: “declarare,to express, id. Fam. 3, 12, 4: “multitudinis animos ad benevolentiam allicere,id. Off. 2, 14, 48: “comparare,id. ib. 2, 15, 54: “adjungere sibi,id. Mur. 20, 41: “alicujus benevolentiam consequi,Nep. Dat. 5, 2: “acquirere sibi,Quint. 3, 8, 7: “capere,Auct. Her. 1, 4, 6: “contrahere,id. ib. 1, 5, 8: “conligere,id. ib.: “pro tuā erga me benevolentiā,Cic. Fam. 13, 60, 2: “desiderare benevolentiam,good-will, readiness, willingness, id. Or. 1, 1: “benevolentia singularis,an exceeding friendliness of feeling, Suet. Calig. 3: “cum aliquo benevolentiā in aliquem certare,Tac. A. 13, 21.—
II. Transf.
A. In the jurists, mildness, benignity, indulgence: “interponere benevolentiam,Dig. 29, 2, 52; Just. Inst. 2, 20.—
B. In plur. (post-class.), kind conduct, friendly services: “non in benevolentiis segnis,Spart. Carac. 1; Arn. 6 init.
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