[ bih-nig-nuhnt ]
/ bɪˈnɪg nənt /


kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
Pathology. benign.

Origin of benignant

1775–85; benign + -ant, modeled on malignant
Related formsbe·nig·nan·cy [bih-nig-nuhn-see] /bɪˈnɪg nən si/, nounbe·nig·nant·ly, adverbun·be·nig·nant, adjectiveun·be·nig·nant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for benignancy

  • The attitude of the cook was as that of a son to a father: the benignancy of Mr. Lister beautiful to behold.

British Dictionary definitions for benignancy


/ (bɪˈnɪɡnənt) /


kind; gracious, as a king to his subjects
a less common word for benign (def. 3), benign (def. 4)
Derived Formsbenignancy, nounbenignantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for benignancy



c.1782, from benign + -ant (see -ent); on model of malignant. Related: Benignantly; benignancy.

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