Welfare vs Boon - What's the difference?

welfare | boon |


As nouns the difference between welfare and boon

is that welfare is (uncountable) health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect while boon is (obsolete) a prayer; petition or boon can be the woody portion of flax, separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, braking, and scutching.

As an adjective boon is

(obsolete) good; prosperous; as, "boon voyage".

welfare

English

Noun

  • (uncountable) Health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect.
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  • (uncountable, chiefly, US) Various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance ).
  • Synonyms

    * income support, public assistance, social security

    Antonyms

    * evilfare * illfare * woefare * wofare

    See also

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    boon

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A prayer; petition.
  • * :
  • For which to God he made so many an idle boon
  • (archaic) That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a favour; benefaction; a grant; a present.
  • * :
  • Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above
  • * 1872 , (James De Mille), The Cryptogram :
  • I gave you life. Can you not return the boon by giving me death, my lord?
  • A good; a blessing or benefit; a great privilege; a thing to be thankful for.
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  • An unpaid service due by a tenant to his lord.
  • Synonyms
    * blessing * benefit
    Antonyms
    * bane

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) boon, bone, from .

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (obsolete) good; prosperous; as, "boon voyage"
  • kind; bountiful; benign
  • * Milton
  • Which Nature boon / Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
  • gay; merry; jovial; convivial
  • * Arbuthnot
  • a boon companion, loving his bottle
  • * Episode 16
  • --No, Mr Bloom repeated again, I wouldn't personally repose much trust in that boon companion of yours who contributes the humorous element, if I were in your shoes.
    Quotations
    * Which ... Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain — * A boon companion, loving his bottle —

    Etymology 3

    From Gaelic and Irish via Scots.

    Noun

    (-)
  • The woody portion of flax, separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, braking, and scutching.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Anagrams

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