[ fi-lan-thruh-pist ]
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  1. a person, typically a wealthy one, who has an altruistic concern for human welfare and shows it by donating money, property, time, or work to aid people in need or to support institutions that serve the public: In his private life he was a major philanthropist who spent over $2 billion on causes ranging from education to healthcare.

Origin of philanthropist

First recorded in 1720–30; philanthrop(y) + -ist

Other words from philanthropist

  • phi·lan·thro·pis·tic [fi-lan-thruh-pis-tik] /fɪˌlæn θrəˈpɪs tɪk/ adjective

Words Nearby philanthropist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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