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Definition someone who helps a person or organization — especially financial help
  • 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.
  • 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 = people who help others
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I felt ashamed to appear before my benefactors so clad.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • 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
  • He had once been twenty-five minutes late for confession, upsetting his benefactor, and had no other excuse but the lack of an accurate timepiece.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Would god no death so sad might come to benefactors dear as she!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The circumstance occasioned no alteration, however, in the behaviour of his benefactors.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • So we mean to cheat our benefactors, is that it?
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • He is one of the greatest of our public benefactors.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • I am with the distinguished consideration which is due to the benefactors of humanity,— Jondrette.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Come, be calm," said the druggist; "later on you will show your gratitude to your benefactor."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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