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 Ben’en-ge’li.Benèvolence. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Benet (French).
 
A simpleton, so called because they were supposed to be, in a special way, the objects of God’s care. (French, béni, Old French, beneit, from Latin, benedictus.) We call an idiot an “Innocent” (q.v.).   1
 


 Ben’en-ge’li.Benèvolence. 

 
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