kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
- be·nig·nan·cy [bih-nig-nuhn-see], /bɪˈnɪg nən si/, noun
- be·nig·nant·ly, adverb
- un·be·nig·nant, adjective
- un·be·nig·nant·ly, adverb
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How to use benignant in a sentence
This stubborn resistance lent all the more lustre to the piety of our benignant Rulers.
They certainly were attractive specimens of their race, and the Quaker miller who offered them had a most benignant countenance.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
He had a loose hairy benignant face with a humorous but penetrating eye and the usual domelike brow.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
With the sun was associated a supreme power that presided over the universe, benignant and eternal.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
As she stood there in the doorway, lamp in hand, she looked like a benignant mother waiting to greet a returning child.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for benignant
- benignancy, noun
- benignantly, adverb
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