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 for beneficiary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beneficiary \Ben`e*fi"ci*a*ry\, a. [Cf. F. b['e]n['e]ficiaire,
     LL. beneficiarius.]
     1. Holding some office or valuable possession, in
        subordination to another; holding under a feudal or other
        superior; having a dependent and secondary possession.
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              A feudatory or beneficiary king of England. --Bacon.
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     2. Bestowed as a gratuity; as, beneficiary gifts.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beneficiary \Ben`e*fi"ci*a*ry\, n.; pl. Beneficiaries.
     1. A feudatory or vassal; hence, one who holds a benefice and
        uses its proceeds. --Ayliffe.
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     2. One who receives anything as a gift; one who receives a
        benefit or advantage; esp. one who receives help or income
        from an educational fund or a trust estate.
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              The rich men will be offering sacrifice to their
              Deity whose beneficiaries they are.   --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  beneficiary
      adj 1: having or arising from a benefice; "a beneficiary baron"
      n 1: the recipient of funds or other benefits [syn:
           beneficiary, donee]
      2: the semantic role of the intended recipient who benefits from
         the happening denoted by the verb in the clause [syn:
         benefactive role, beneficiary]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "beneficiary":
     allottee, almsman, almswoman, annuitant, assign, assignee,
     benefice-holder, cestui, cestui que trust, cestui que use,
     deedholder, devisee, donee, feoffee, feudatory, grantee,
     householder, incumbent, laird, landlady, landlord, legatary,
     legatee, lord, master, mesne, mesne lord, mistress, owner,
     patentee, pensionary, pensioner, proprietary, proprietor,
     proprietress, proprietrix, rentier, resident, residentiary, squire,
     stipendiary, titleholder
  
  

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