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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
anonymous donor/benefactor
▪ the anonymous donor of a large sum of money
▪ A low interest loan from an anonymous benefactor allowed the concrete floor to go in.
▪ The local charities found in him a generous benefactor.
▪ One of the late owners, one Mr Raines, planted about 1,000 trees and was a generous benefactor to the school.
▪ He refers to errors in the generous benefactor to the Club, later becoming President.
▪ Getty had been the museum's chief benefactor.
▪ The museum received $5 million from an unnamed benefactor.
▪ The painting was bought by an anonymous benefactor, and donated to the Museum of Modern Art.
▪ Both sides, the benefactor and beneficiary, were equally needy.
▪ During his short stay in Madeira, he was a great benefactor of the island.
▪ Fifty four years later the boys and their families came together again to honour their benefactors in the garden at the Manor.
▪ It is doubtful whether fiction writers are public benefactors, or their publishers philanthropists.
▪ Kazanow grins sheepishly at the cheers before rejoining the fray below, the easy warmth between band and benefactor plainly apparent.
▪ Much effort went into tracing remote family connections abroad on the off chance of identifying a benefactor.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Benefactor \Ben`e*fac"tor\,n. [L.] One who confers a benefit or benefits.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from Late Latin benefactor, from Latin phrase bene facere, from bene "well" (see bene-) + facere "to do" (see factitious). Translated in Old English as wel-doend.


n. Somebody who gives one a gift. Usually refers to someone who gives money to a charity or another form of organization.


n. a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help) [syn: helper]

Benefactor (law)

A benefactor is a person who gives some form of help to benefit a person, group or organization (the beneficiary), often gifting a monetary contribution in the form of an endowment to help a cause. Benefactors are humanitarian leaders and charitable patrons providing assistance in many forms, such as an alumnus from a university giving back to a college or an individual providing assistance to others. The word benefactor comes from Latin bene (good) and factor (maker).

Benefactor (album)

Benefactor is the second studio album by American new wave band Romeo Void, released in 1982. It was released on CD in 2006 by Wounded Bird Records, with their Never Say Never EP as four bonus tracks. The first version of the song " Never Say Never" is a shorter, "clean" edit suitable for general radio broadcast.


Benefactor may refer to:

  • Benefactor (law) for a person whose actions benefit another
  • Benefication (metallurgy) in extractive metallurgy
  • Benefactor (video game)
  • Benefactors (play)
Benefactor (video game)

Benefactor is a computer game for the Amiga computer series, developed by the Swedish team DICE and published in 1994 by Psygnosis.

Benefactor is a mix between a puzzle game and a platform game. It has a similar concept to Psygnosis's earlier, very successful Lemmings series of games, but also adds its own ideas.

In Benefactor, the player plays a character called Ben E. Factor, who has resigned from the military to become an overall all-around good guy. Factor's mission is to save a group of "Merry Men", who have been kidnapped from their home planet and imprisoned over 60 levels. 60 levels are divided into seven themes:

  1. Underworld (9 levels): under the ground
  2. Tombs of Egypt (9 levels): ancient Egypt
  3. The treetop rescue (10 levels): a rainforest
  4. Stones & bones (10 levels): a haunted castle
  5. Merry winterland (10 levels): the Arctic
  6. The techno treat (10 levels): a futuristic setting
  7. To hell with Minniat (2 levels): on the planet Minniat

The player controls Ben E. Factor directly, like a platform game character. Factor has to avoid all enemy creatures (hitting them would reduce health), and pull switches to extend the land, or many other things. Factor can find keys on the level to open the locks in the Merry Men's cells. When freed, a Merry Man automatically proceeds on a pre-set mission, with the aid of helping Factor to free the other Merry Men and complete the level. Once all Merry Men on a level have been freed, Factor has to go back to his starting point to complete the level. Although colliding with monsters reduces Factor's health, Merry Men are not harmed by monsters.

There are three difficulty levels: easy, normal and hard. On easy, enemies do less damage. On hard enemies do more damage and any damage taken is carried over to the next level. Score is gained by picking up bonus items and at the end of each level score is awarded based on how much health the player has got left.

In later levels, some of the Merry Men are "evil". "Evil" Merry Men, distinguished by their monochrome appearance, do not follow any preset pattern but instead walk blindly forwards, like the lemmings in the Lemmings games, without regard to dangers lying in their path. "Evil" Merry Men have to be turned into "good" Merry Men by dropping a bucket of paint over them before they can be rescued.

There is no "lives" counter in the game, meaning the player can make unlimited attempts. There is also a password displayed at the completion of each level allowing the player to continue playing from the start of the next level.

Benefactor has support for data disks but no official data disks for it have ever been published. (One unofficial data disk with seven new levels is available for download on Aminet.)

In keeping with Psygnosis's tradition of including references to earlier games, Benefactor includes a level called Lemmings? in which Ben E. Factor has to clear a path for twenty "evil" Merry Men marching blindly forwards across a series of pillars. This level is a reference to the game Lemmings and even the music comes from that game. This is the only level where "evil" Merry Men can use the exit without first becoming "good".

Usage examples of "benefactor".

So would Hopkins, the benefactor, Honorius the afrit, Mandrake himself.

Ray had contacted Chief George Ayers and told him that an anonymous benefactor had donated a drug dog earmarked for Clarkston.

I expressed my gratitude, and begged him to be my true benefactor in a different manner--namely, by giving me a few good letters of introduction for Rome, a favour which he granted at once.

She came up with her daughter, a handsome, tempting blonde, who insisted upon kissing the hands of her benefactors.

The plain fact is that the individual in freely and energetically pursuing his own private purposes has not been the inevitable public benefactor assumed by the traditional American interpretation of democracy.

And in this manner I atoned for all I had done, for, far from deceiving the worthy man, I became his benefactor by guarding against the deceit of some cheat who would have cared for his money more than for his daughter.

I look upon the inventor as a benefactor, for if my wretched hump-back had provided himself with such a sheath he would not have exposed me to the danger of losing my honour and my life.

As he had spoken about me, she had not been able to resist the pleasure of telling him that I was her sole benefactor, at which, so far from being offended, he seemed to trust in her more than ever.

The worthy man embraced me again and again, calling me his benefactor, and saying that I had done more for his daughter than he would have done himself, which in a sense was perhaps true.

In the East, Licinius and Maximin honored with more real consideration their benefactor Galerius.

He then summoned up a hackney, and put Felix into it, directing the jarvey to drive him to Upper Wimpole Street, and at the same time bestowing a guinea upon Felix: largesse so handsome as to deprive the recipient of all power of speech until the jarvey had whipped up his horse, and to make it necessary for him to lean perilously out of the window of the hack to shout his thanks to his benefactor.

When Madame sat to piquet, Sarah hinted to John Kerseymere that he should counsel Lady Varington upon the selection of a horse, and saw with satisfaction that young lady turn her doelike eyes up to her newfound benefactor most irresistibly.

Alacrity had paid him, passing his benefactor a hip flask of knurled silver.

The entrance lobby of Western Pediatric Medical Center was walled with marble slabs engraved with the names of long-dead benefactors.

Marcus, on the other hand, revered the character of his benefactor, loved him as a parent, obeyed him as his sovereign, and, after he was no more, regulated his own administration by the example and maxims of his predecessor.