- characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
- desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.
- intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.
Origin of benevolent
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Examples from the Web for benevolent
They are often characterized as benevolent and admirable; when we do the same, we are angry and unreasonable.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
Once in power, they often hired gifted artists to portray them in flattering and benevolent poses.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
Help with onerous conditions is not help so much as benevolent coercion.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
If you have a great person in charge then a benevolent dictator is wonderful.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America
September 5, 2014
CrossFitters work out in groups, moving to the demands of a benevolent taskmaster.Is American Christianity Becoming a Workout Cult?
April 27, 2014
Nothing obstructs my benevolent exertion but human infidelity.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
This benevolent and simple man no doubt felt some affection for him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Radiant with benevolent pleasure, she went to announce the glad tidings.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
You have a hand all benevolent to give-why were you denied the pleasure?The Letters of Robert Burns
The Great Mother, he thought bitterly, benevolent and overflowing!Join Our Gang?
Sterling E. Lanier
- intending or showing goodwill; kindly; friendlya benevolent smile; a benevolent old man
- doing good or giving aid to others, rather than making profit; charitablea benevolent organization
Word Origin and History for benevolent
mid-15c., "wishing to do good, kindly," from Middle French benivolent and directly from Latin benevolentem (nominative benevolens) "wishing (someone) well, benevolent," related to benevolentia "good feeling" (see benevolence). Related: Benevolently.