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  1. kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
  2. exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
  3. 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

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Historical Examples of benignantly

  • They stopped as I approached, and Don Balthasar listened to me benignantly.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • "Do not distress yourself, my dear Miss Kendall," she said, benignantly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • He smiled, benignantly, and granted my request with a saintly amiability.

    A Fair Penitent

    Wilkie Collins

  • “You see I have brought him back safe after all,” said the major, benignantly smiling.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • "I surely hope so, Mrs. Brenton," he answered her benignantly.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

British Dictionary definitions for benignantly


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



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

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