Definition of beneficent in English:


Syllabification: be·nef·i·cent
Pronunciation: /bəˈnefəsənt




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  • It affects those who are the beneficiaries of the charity's functions, beneficence and bounty.
  • Victims live in fear while repeat violators enjoy the benefits of parole under the beneficence of liberal magistrates.
  • The economic and social power of Church beneficence exposed the poverty of public provision for the poor.


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  • From his casual podium high-stool, inclined to squeak during exciting passages, he leans beneficently towards his adoring players ensuring them that ‘Brahms must always be romantic and sentimental'.
  • Libertarians emphasize that ‘spontaneous ‘social order can function beneficently based on the legal principles they favor.’
  • North American missionaries cannot afford to assume either that their roles are above and beyond the projects of the world or that their ministries will be beneficently viewed apart from such ‘signs of the times.’


early 17th century: from Latin beneficent- (stem of beneficentior, comparative of beneficus 'favorable, generous'), from bene facere 'do good (to)'.

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