characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.
intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.
- be·nev·o·lent·ly, adverb
- be·nev·o·lent·ness, noun
- non·be·nev·o·lent, adjective
- non·be·nev·o·lent·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·be·nev·o·lent, adjective
- pseu·do·be·nev·o·lent·ly, adverb
- qua·si-be·nev·o·lent, adjective
- qua·si-be·nev·o·lent·ly, adverb
- su·per·be·nev·o·lent, adjective
- su·per·be·nev·o·lent·ly, adverb
- un·be·nev·o·lent, adjective
- un·be·nev·o·lent·ly, adverb
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How to use benevolent in a sentence
Later in life Darwin seems to have relinquished any notion that the theory of natural selection might redeem death and suffering, and thus vindicate a benevolent God.
This mindset began to erode over the course of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s—first, when massive waves of layoffs and benefit cuts destabilized the myth of the benevolent parent company.Companies Are Embracing Empathy to Keep Employees Happy. It’s Not That Easy | Anne Helen Petersen | July 22, 2021 | Time
Whether this coalition of strangers—one whose intentions were undoubtedly benevolent—knew better than anyone in Spears’ inner circle what was best for her remained an open question.At Last, Britney Spears Gets a Voice in Her Future—and We Have Her Fans to Thank | Judy Berman | June 24, 2021 | Time
In his telling, that generation came to politics skeptical but hopeful, only to find themselves confronted with a disastrous war, vicious polarization at home and the end of any hope for benevolent American hegemony.A three-pronged examination into what happens to America next | Beverly Gage | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Rodrigo has been at the center of that mostly benevolent storm this year.How Olivia Rodrigo Became America’s Biggest New Pop Star | Raisa Bruner | May 24, 2021 | Time
They are often characterized as benevolent and admirable; when we do the same, we are angry and unreasonable.
Once in power, they often hired gifted artists to portray them in flattering and benevolent poses.
Help with onerous conditions is not help so much as benevolent coercion.
If you have a great person in charge then a benevolent dictator is wonderful.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America | Asawin Suebsaeng | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Or, they may be less benevolent, as Dray believes Gorelik was.
He was learned, benevolent and pious, and author of several religious works.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
His ambition is a purely selfish one, while mine is distinctly benevolent.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The bed threw a shadow on them both, but she could see his benevolent face, anxious and yet reassuring, rather clearly.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The Railway benevolent Institution provided a rallying point.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Generally persons who associate for charitable or benevolent purposes do not regard themselves in a legal sense as partners.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for benevolent
intending or showing goodwill; kindly; friendly: a benevolent smile; a benevolent old man
doing good or giving aid to others, rather than making profit; charitable: a benevolent organization
- benevolently, adverb
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