- 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.
Origin of benevolent
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Antonyms for benevolent
Related Words for benevolentlyequally, honorably, rightly, rightfully, reasonably, accurately, duly, properly, honestly, correctly, legally, equitably, legitimately, lawfully, decently, impartially, delicately, politely, helpfully, tenderly
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Contemporary Examples of benevolently
No, the only chance we have is for news outlets to recognize their awesome reality-creating power and wield it benevolently.What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of benevolently
Mrs. Riley counted herself too benevolently shrewd for that.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
"This is a very bad business, my dear fellow," he said benevolently.The Pirates of Ersatz
Isaac laid a hand upon his shoulder and smiled at him benevolently.The heart of happy hollow
Paul Laurence Dunbar
"He can have his choice of any piece in the box," thought Jerry benevolently.Jerry's Charge Account
Hazel Hutchins Wilson
He was smiling as benevolently as if he could embrace the whole world.Agatha's Husband
Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
- intending or showing goodwill; kindly; friendlya benevolent smile; a benevolent old man
- doing good or giving aid to others, rather than making profit; charitablea benevolent organization
Word Origin for benevolent
mid-15c., "wishing to do good, kindly," from Middle French benivolent and directly from Latin benevolentem (nominative benevolens) "wishing (someone) well, benevolent," related to benevolentia "good feeling" (see benevolence). Related: Benevolently.