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benefactor
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
someone who helps a person or organization — especially financially
  • Will, however, having given that annihilating pinch, was rather ashamed, imagining from Dorothea's silence that he had offended her still more; and having also a conscience about plucking the tail-feathers from a benefactor.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (84% in)
  • But he was something more unmanageable than a dragon: he was a benefactor with collective society at his back, and he was at that moment entering the room in all the unimpeachable correctness of his demeanor, while Dorothea was looking animated with a newly roused alarm and regret, and Will was looking animated with his admiring speculation about her feelings.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (84% in)
  • Granted that a benefactor's wishes may constitute a claim; there must always be a reservation as to the quality of those wishes.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (51% in)
  • Or a benefactor's veto might impose such a negation on a man's life that the consequent blank might be more cruel than the benefaction was generous.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (51% in)
  • Meanwhile Nicholas Bulstrode had used his hundred thousand discreetly, and was become provincially, solidly important—a banker, a Churchman, a public benefactor; also a sleeping partner in trading concerns, in which his ability was directed to economy in the raw material, as in the case of the dyes which rotted Mr. Vincy's silk.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (82% in)
  • And he was conscious that Bulstrode had been a benefactor to him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (79% in)
  • Dorothea was not only the "preferred" woman, but had also a formidable advantage in being Lydgate's benefactor; and to poor Rosamond's pained confused vision it seemed that this Mrs. Casaubon—this woman who predominated in all things concerning her—must have come now with the sense of having the advantage, and with animosity prompting her to use it.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (62% in)

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