[fil-uh n-throp-ik]


of, pertaining to, engaged in, or characterized by philanthropy; benevolent: a philanthropic foundation.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philanthropical

Historical Examples of philanthropical

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

  • 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




showing concern for humanity, esp by performing charitable actions, donating money, etc
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper