[ bih-nig-ni-tee ]
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noun,plural be·nig·ni·ties.
  1. the quality of being benign; kindness.

  2. Archaic. a good deed or favor; an instance of kindness: benignities born of selfless devotion.

Origin of benignity

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English benignite, from Middle French, Old French, from Latin benignitās; see benign, -ity

Other words from benignity

  • un·be·nig·ni·ty, noun, plural un·be·nig·ni·ties.

Words Nearby benignity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use benignity in a sentence

  • And with him was old Lord Gervase Scoresby, his friend and cousin, the very incarnation of benignity and ruddy health.

    Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
  • The great man smiled again, with a more intolerable benignity than before.

  • And the man looking on the woman saw one whose brow had all quiet, whose heart had all benignity.

  • It was perhaps the feeling of his great strength, of his possible fierceness that gave the touch of benignity to him.

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • The gentleness and benignity of his disposition never made him forget what was due to discipline.

British Dictionary definitions for benignity


/ (bɪˈnɪɡnɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the quality of being benign; favourable attitude

  2. a kind or gracious act

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