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[fil-uh n-throp-ik] /ˌfɪl ənˈθrɒp ɪk/
of, pertaining to, engaged in, or characterized by philanthropy; benevolent:
a philanthropic foundation.
Sometimes, philanthropical.
Origin of philanthropic
First recorded in 1780-90; philanthrop(y) + -ic
Related forms
philanthropically, adverb
nonphilanthropic, adjective
nonphilanthropical, adjective
pseudophilanthropic, adjective
pseudophilanthropical, adjective
pseudophilanthropically, adverb
unphilanthropic, adjective
unphilanthropically, adverb Unabridged
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  • He had no anxiety concerning the philanthropic craze thereafter.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He might be a good doctor and a philanthropic one; his visits to this region looked like it.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • He will not acknowledge any philanthropic side to the question.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • "And philanthropic work—you don't care about that," pursued the other.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • She was traveled, well-read, philanthropic, and broad-minded.

British Dictionary definitions for philanthropic


showing concern for humanity, esp by performing charitable actions, donating money, etc
Derived Forms
philanthropically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for philanthropic

1789, from French philanthropique (18c.), from Greek philanthropikos (adj.), from philanthropia "humanity, benevolence, kindliness" (see philanthropy). Related: Philanthropical; philanthropically (1787).

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