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[fil-uh n-throp-ik]
  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 philanthropically

Historical Examples of philanthropically

  • The conversation had been purely a needy friend and a philanthropically inclined woman.


    Ben Hecht

  • I pledge you, my friend; our last glass shall be philanthropically quaffed,—'All fools, and may their money soon be parted!'

    Paul Clifford, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • They are in evil case, and you are philanthropically anxious to assist them.

  • He was a delightful specimen of an uncle, too, for he would spend his money philonepotically as well as philanthropically.

  • If an opportunity be given them to influence society they will no doubt exercise it philanthropically.

British Dictionary definitions for philanthropically



  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 philanthropically



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

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