Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section III. Sympathetic Affections
2. Diffusive Sympathetic Affections

906. Benevolence.

   NOUN:BENEVOLENCE, Christian charity; God’s love, God’s grace; good will; philanthropy [See Philanthropy]; unselfishness [See Disinterestedness].
  good -nature, – feeling, – wishes; kindness, kindliness &c. adj.; loving-kindness, benignity, brotherly love, charity, humanity, kindly feelings, fellow-feeling, sympathy; goodness -, warmth- of heart; warm-heartedness, bonhomie or bonhommie, kind-heartedness; amiability, milk of human kindness, tenderness; love [See Love]; friendship [See Friendship]; toleration, consideration; mercy (pity) [See Pity].
  CHARITABLENESS &c. adj.; bounty, almsgiving; good works, beneficence, generosity; “the luxury of doing good” [Goldsmith].
  acts of kindness, a good turn; good -, kind- -offices, – treatment.
  PHILANTHROPIST, “one who loves his fellow-men” [Hunt], salt of the earth; good Samaritan, sympathizer, well-wisher, bon enfant [F.]; altruist.
   VERB:BE BENEVOLENT &c. adj.; have one’s heart in the right place, bear good will; wish well, wish Godspeed; view -, regard- with an eye of favor; take in good part; take -, feel- an interest in; be -, feel- interested- in; have a fellow-feeling for, sympathize with, feel for; fraternize &c. (be friendly) [See Friendship].
  enter into the feelings of others, practice the Golden Rule, do as you would be done by, meet halfway.
  treat well; give comfort, smooth the bed of death; do good, do a good turn; benefit (goodness) [See Goodness]; render a service, render assistance, give one a hand, be of use; aid [See Aid].
   ADJECTIVE:BENEVOLENT, kind, kindly, well-meaning, amiable, cordial; obliging, accommodating, indulgent, gracious, complacent, good-humored; tender, considerate; warm-hearted, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, large-hearted, broad-hearted, soft-hearted; merciful [See Pity].
  good-natured, well-natured, spleenless [rare]; sympathizing, sympathetic; complaisant (courteous) [See Courtesy]; well-meant, well-intentioned, kindly meant.
  full of natural affection, fatherly, motherly, brotherly, sisterly; paternal, maternal, fraternal; sororal [rare]; friendly [See Friendship].
  CHARITABLE, beneficent, philanthropical, generous, humane, benignant, bounteous, bountiful.
   ADVERB:WITH GOOD WILL, with a good intention [rare], with the best intentions; out of deepest sympathy; in a burst of generosity.
   INTERJECTION:GODSPEED! good luck! all good luck go with you! count on me!    QUOTATIONS:
  1. Act a charity sometimes.—Lamb
  2. A tender heart, a will inflexible.—Longfellow
  3. De mortuis nil nisi bonum.
  4. Kind hearts are more than coronets.—Tennyson
  5. Quando amigo pide no hay mañana.
  6. The social smile, the sympathetic tear.—Gray
  7. In kindness preferring one another.—Bible
  8. Who gives himself with his alms feeds three—Himself, his hungering neighbor, and Me.—Lowell