- 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
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Examples from the Web for benignant
The genii of the East have woven this banner from the rays of benignant stars.Leila, Complete
Mr Casby shook his head, in Placid and benignant generality.Little Dorrit
They replace the three benignant Baba Yagas of Russian stories.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
"You will hold the basin," said he, directing me with his calm, benignant eye.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
The benignant laws of the Incas were replaced by the rapine of the conquerors.
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Word Origin and History for benignant
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