One who confers a benefit or benefits
- a person who helps folks or organizations (especially with monetary assistance)
- person who confers a benefit or advantages.
n individual who economically assists another individual, like somebody who contributes to non-profit companies, or a member of family that provides money to another relative for college, etc.
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.) One that confers good results or advantages.
As I stand over the insect crawling amid the pine needles on the forest floor, and endeavoring to conceal itself from my sight, and ask myself why it will cherish those humble thoughts, and bide its head from me who might, perhaps, be its benefactor, and impart to its race some cheering information, I am reminded of the greater Benefactor and Intelligence that stands over me the human insect.