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Definition someone who helps a person or organization — especially financially
  • She is the largest benefactor of the museum.
benefactor = financial supporter
  • The grain dole during the Roman empire was symbolic of the emperor's position as universal benefactor.
  • benefactor = supporter
  • Oprah Winfrey is often praised for overcoming diversity to become a benefactor to others.
  • benefactor = helper or supporter
  • Harvard College was established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, John Harvard, a young minister who left his library and half his estate to the college.
  • benefactor = financial supporter
  • He has tonight earned an eminent place in the roll of the benefactors of our town; and he is worthy of many imperishable songs.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • benefactors = helpers or supporters
  • ...let us bow our heads in silent prayer for our benefactor Sam Westing, alias Sandy the doorman.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • benefactor = someone who helps a person or organization
  • I felt ashamed to appear before my benefactors so clad.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • benefactors = helpers or supporters
  • My mother graciously thanked the unknown benefactor, saying, "Too good."
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • benefactor = supporter or helper
  • He was not insolent to his benefactor, he was simply insensible; though knowing perfectly the hold he had on his heart, and conscious he had only to speak and all the house would be obliged to bend to his wishes.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • benefactor = someone who offers support or help
  • Don't you thank me, don't you give me no credit; it all belongs to them dear people in Pokeville camp-meeting, natural brothers and benefactors of the race, and that dear preacher there, the truest friend a pirate ever had!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • benefactors = helpers or supporters
  • Let him live outside his income, or shirk the resolute honest work that brings wages, and he will presently find himself dreaming of a possible benefactor, a possible simpleton who may be cajoled into using his interest, a possible state of mind in some possible person not yet forthcoming.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • benefactor = financial supporter or helper
  • Was this his kind Mormon benefactor, this man with the awful eyes?
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • When she could only guess, Denver followed her directions and went to say thank you anywaym whether she had the right benefactor or not.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • "Indulge your benefactor a little bit longer," he responds, and runs a finger down the crease of his pant legs.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He has no memory of how he arrived in New Jersey from Kenya, except that he has a benefactor, Eli Harris.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • What would be a reward suitable to a poor man who is your benefactor, and who desires leisure that he may instruct you?
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • Out on the road, he had no friends, no benefactors, and only the clothes on his back.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I am for you not only a protector, but a friend; not only a benefactor, but a father.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • His endowments of this spot alone might at any time have placed him high among the benefactors of the convent.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • To reveal the identity of my benefactor would be to condemn someone to death at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter

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