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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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Examples from the Web for philanthropical
Historical Examples
  • I didn't expect any philanthropical business, and I don't give it.

  • I live thus because I like it, and not from any philosophical or philanthropical standpoint.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
  • At first, as a matter of fact, the thing was quite a philanthropical concern.

    The Gold Bat P. G. Wodehouse
  • I didnt expect any philanthropical business, and I dont give it.

    The Wayfarers Mary Stewart Cutting
  • In doing so we intend, and wish, and strive to be philanthropical.

  • The growth of these philanthropical depots for the consolation of exiled Britons is often miraculously mushroom-like.

  • So that it was not entirely with a philanthropical intention that she stopped Mr Beverley and put an end to his dangerous details.

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
  • He even loves to rally the New Englander on his philanthropical activity, and to find his beneficence and its institutions a bore!

    Discourses in America Matthew Arnold
  • It cut short his philanthropical labours, but it drew him back into that current of active work for which he was already pining.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • Modern innovators write unctuous theories, long drawn, and nebulous or philanthropical romances; but the thief acts.

British Dictionary definitions for philanthropical


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 philanthropical



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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