Definition of Benevolent

1. Adjective. Intending or showing kindness. "A benevolent society"

Partainyms: Benevolence
Derivative terms: Benevolence

2. Adjective. Showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity. "A large-hearted mentor"

3. Adjective. Generous in providing aid to others.
Exact synonyms: Freehearted
Similar to: Generous

4. Adjective. Generous in assistance to the poor. "Philanthropic contributions"
Exact synonyms: Beneficent, Eleemosynary, Philanthropic
Similar to: Charitable

Definition of Benevolent

1. a. Having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; disposed to give to good objects; kind; charitable.

Definition of Benevolent

1. Adjective. Having a disposition to do good. ¹

2. Adjective. Possessing or manifesting love for mankind. ¹

3. Adjective. altruistic or charitable. ¹

4. Adjective. generous. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Benevolent

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Benevolent

benefitless
benefits
benefits in kind
benefitted
benefitting
benegro
benempt
benempted
benes
benet
benets
benetted
benetting
benevolence
benevolences
benevolent (current term)
benevolent-dictator
benevolent-dictatorship
benevolent assimilation
benevolent dictator
benevolent dictators
benevolent dictatorship
benevolent dictatorships
benevolent overlord
benevolently
benevolentness
benevolous
benexate
benficiate
benflumetol

Literary usage of Benevolent

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1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1887)
"THE benevolent BAYONET is a perfectly inoffensive weapon. ... THE benevolent BAYONET bends up double on the slightest touch. THE~benevolent BAYONET can be ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in the Documents of the States of the United by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dept. of Economics and Sociology (1912)
"Total amis, expended each year by the state for benevolent institutions including lands, bldgs., repairs, current expenses, salaries, visiting committees ..."

3. The Westminster Review by John Chapman, Charles William Wason (1903)
"benevolent DESPOTISM. ITS POPULAR DEFENCE. THE British Empire comprises some 13000000 square miles of territory, with a population of about 400000000. ..."

4. The Friend of Peace by Noah Worcester (1816)
"THIS is the age of benevolent institutions. No former period will bear any comparison with the present in respect to the origin and establishment of ..."

5. The Library of American Biography by Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress), Jared Sparks (1845)
"His Interest in benevolent and religious Societies. DB. DWIGHT'S philanthropy was the result of a naturally benevolent spirit, moulded and guided by the ..."

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