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[bih-nig-ni-tee] /bɪˈnɪg nɪ ti/
noun, plural benignities.
the quality of being benign; kindness.
Archaic. a good deed or favor; an instance of kindness:
benignities born of selfless devotion.
Origin of benignity
1325-75; Middle English benignite < Middle French < Latin benignitās. See benign, -ity
Related forms
unbenignity, noun, plural unbenignities. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for benignity
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  • There was a wonderful air of benignity and patronage in his manner.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In like manner, his physiognomical expression seemed to teem with benignity.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • “Just so,” Jake responded, with a ludicrous attempt at benignity.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • He swore, and his benignity was eclipsed by wrathful memory.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • The cardinal's smile had changed from one of benignity to one of guile.

  • He gave Mrs Smith a chair with a benignity to which she had no personal claim.

    The Doctor's Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • Now note the benignity of your Prince, and how easily bloodshed may be eschewed.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • The "great mercy and benignity of the Prince" was no longer to shelter them.

  • They offer their services with all the benignity and cordiality possible.

  • I cannot describe the majesty of his bearing or the benignity of his appearance.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for benignity


noun (pl) -ties
the quality of being benign; favourable attitude
a kind or gracious act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for benignity

late 14c., from Old French benignité "goodness, kindness" (12c.), from Latin benignitatem (nominative benignitas), from benignus "kindly, kindhearted" (see benign).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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