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A beneficiary (also, in trust law, cestui que use) in the broadest sense is a natural person or other legal entity who receives money or other benefits from a benefactor.

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

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

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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The rich men will be offering sacrifice to their Deity whose beneficiaries they are. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster] A feudatory or beneficiary king of England. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Bestowed as a gratuity; as, beneficiary gifts. [1913 Webster]


An executor, in the broadest sense, is one who carries something out (in other words, one who is responsible for executing a task).

executor n : a person appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of the will

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "executor": actor, agent, ancestors, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, author, begetter, beginner, builder, conceiver, constructor, craftsman, creator, designer, deviser, discoverer, doer, effector, engenderer, engineer, executant, executrix, fabricator, father, founder, generator, grower, inaugurator, industrialist, initiator, instigator, institutor, introducer, inventor, journeyman, maker, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, medium, mother, mover, operant, operative, operator, organizer, originator, past master, performer, perpetrator, planner, practitioner, precursor, prime mover, producer, raiser, realizer, shaper, sire, smith, subject, worker, wright

Executor \Ex*ec"u*tor\, n. [L. executor, exsecutor: cf. F. ex['e]cuteur. Cf. {Executer}.] 1. One who executes or performs; a doer; as, an executor of baseness. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An executioner. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Delivering o'er to executors paw? The lazy, yawning drone. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) The person appointed by a testator to execute his will, or to see its provisions carried into effect, after his decease. [1913 Webster] {Executor de son tort} [Of., executor of his own wrong] (Law), a stranger who intermeddles without authority in the distribution of the estate of a deceased person. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • beneficiary: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • beneficiary: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • beneficiary: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • beneficiary: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • executor: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • executor: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • executor: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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