For some strange reason, when I hear or read this word, what comes to mind is the period of the Medici family’s extensive influence in Italy and Europe.

Odd, because while the Medicis were generous with their wealth, doing much to advance culture and the arts, they were also splendid at intrigue and political game playing.

The term ‘beneficent’, carries within it the concepts of ‘doing good’ of ‘kindness’ and ‘charitable acts’. And yes, in that context, the Medicis were benefactors.

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