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philanthropist

[fi-lan-thruh-pist] /fɪˈlæn θrə pɪst/
noun
1.
a person who practices philanthropy.
Origin of philanthropist
1720-1730
1720-30; philanthrop(y) + -ist
Related forms
philanthropistic, adjective
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  • In this capacity as a farmer he is neither a philanthropist nor a patriot, only a man of business.

  • So much for the man of action, the husband, the philanthropist.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I am not a philanthropist; I can't start a boys' home; and the little chap will be of no use to us in our proper work.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • As Ruth clave unto Naomi, so my friend the philanthropist clave unto me.

    Pages From an Old Volume of Life Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • For the philanthropist, and for the Christian missionary, they constitute a wonderful field of activity.

Word Origin and History for philanthropist
n.

1731, from philanthropy + -ist. Related: Philanthropism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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