benignity

[ bih-nig-ni-tee ]
/ bɪˈnɪg nɪ ti /

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.

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for benignity

benignity

/ (bɪˈnɪɡnɪtɪ) /

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

benignity

n.

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

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