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boon (noun) blessing or benefit.
Though 'boon' literally means a blessing, it is more used in the sense of a useful or helpful thing that makes life easy and comfortable. The air conditioner and other such appliances can be considered a boon because they make life very comfortable for us. New computer applications are a boon to the society, because they simplify our tasks and make it easy for us to meet the demands of modern life. The Nile River, we say, is the boon to Egypt, because it supports life there. In that way, any water resource or river is a boon to human beings. The new train service connecting the two distant corners of the country is a boon to people of those areas, because they can travel between the places without changing trains.
- If medicines to cure cancer and AIDS were discovered, it would be a boon to the modern world, because it would then be free from the two most important causes of death and suffering.
- The development of the test-tube baby technique is a boon to childless couples all over the world.