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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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  • During my short stay in Philadelphia on this occasion, I visited several of its prisons, philanthropic institutions, et cet.

  • Paul bowed, not believing a word of this philanthropic speech.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • But a person shouldn't let squeamishness interfere with philanthropic work, so she answered promptly.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • Then the aims of Rosencrux are entirely good and philanthropic?

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • In former days the neighbourhood was given over largely to philanthropic and religious institutions.

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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