• synonyms


[buh-nef-uh-suh nt]
See more synonyms for beneficent on Thesaurus.com
  1. doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.
Show More

Origin of beneficent

First recorded in 1610–20; benefic(ence) + -ent
Related formsbe·nef·i·cent·ly, adverbnon·be·nef·i·cent, adjectivenon·be·nef·i·cent·ly, adverbun·be·nef·i·cent, adjectiveun·be·nef·i·cent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbeneficent beneficial benevolentbeneficent munificent
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for beneficent

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • It is the law of the land—the just, holy, beneficent law, which is no respecter of persons.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Let the latter do it for him, and, if need be, return to the "beneficent whip."

  • The beneficent source had begun to flow once more, as if it were inexhaustible.


    Emile Zola

  • It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.

  • Why, then, does any dishonour attach to a beneficent occupation?



British Dictionary definitions for beneficent


  1. charitable; generous
Show More
Derived Formsbeneficently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for beneficent


1610s, "doing good, charitable," probably from beneficent on model of magnificent, etc.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper