noun, plural be·nig·ni·ties.

the quality of being benign; kindness.
Archaic. a good deed or favor; an instance of kindness: benignities born of selfless devotion.

Origin of benignity

1325–75; Middle English benignite < Middle French < Latin benignitās. See benign, -ity
Related formsun·be·nig·ni·ty, noun, plural un·be·nig·ni·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for benignity

Historical Examples of benignity

  • There was a wonderful air of benignity and patronage in his manner.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • In like manner, his physiognomical expression seemed to teem with benignity.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • “Just so,” Jake responded, with a ludicrous attempt at benignity.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He swore, and his benignity was eclipsed by wrathful memory.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The cardinal's smile had changed from one of benignity to one of guile.

British Dictionary definitions for benignity


noun plural -ties

the quality of being benign; favourable attitude
a kind or gracious act
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Word Origin and History for benignity

late 14c., from Old French benignité "goodness, kindness" (12c.), from Latin benignitatem (nominative benignitas), from benignus "kindly, kindhearted" (see benign).

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