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[fil-uh n-throp-ik]
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  1. of, pertaining to, engaged in, or characterized by philanthropy; benevolent: a philanthropic foundation.
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Sometimes phil·an·throp·i·cal.

Origin of philanthropic

First recorded in 1780–90; philanthrop(y) + -ic
Related formsphil·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·phil·an·throp·ic, adjectivenon·phil·an·throp·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·phil·an·throp·ic, adjectivepseu·do·phil·an·throp·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·phil·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverbun·phil·an·throp·ic, adjectiveun·phil·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for philanthropical

Historical Examples

  • I didn't expect any philanthropical business, and I don't give it.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908


  • I live thus because I like it, and not from any philosophical or philanthropical standpoint.

    At Large

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • At first, as a matter of fact, the thing was quite a philanthropical concern.

    The Gold Bat

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • I didnt expect any philanthropical business, and I dont give it.

    The Wayfarers

    Mary Stewart Cutting

  • In doing so we intend, and wish, and strive to be philanthropical.

British Dictionary definitions for philanthropical



  1. showing concern for humanity, esp by performing charitable actions, donating money, etc
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Derived Formsphilanthropically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for philanthropical



1789, from French philanthropique (18c.), from Greek philanthropikos (adj.), from philanthropia "humanity, benevolence, kindliness" (see philanthropy). Related: Philanthropical; philanthropically (1787).

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