Definition of benevolent in English:
- James has a winning grin, a benevolent smile and an infectious laugh.
- The General gave the crowd of reporters a benevolent smile, which they simply ignored.
- Jullie looked at him, with that benevolent smile that always seemed to be on her face.
- Some paid for the privilege of nailing by contributing to a war charity or benevolent organization.
- Also returning will be the local firefighters, who will be collecting money for their benevolent fund as well as their own depot.
- He hopes to raise £5,000 which will go to the British Heart Foundation and army benevolent fund.
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kindness, kindheartedness, big-heartedness, goodness, goodwill, charity, altruism, humanitarianism, compassion, philanthropy;generosity, magnanimity, munificence, unselfishness, openhandedness, beneficenceliterary bounty, bounteousness
- As Confucius saw long ago, benevolence or concern for humanity is the indispensable root of it all.
- After all, how can we expect a person who is cruel to small creatures to show kindness and benevolence to his countrymen?
- Any positive act of benevolence or good will is one that could be considered sacred.
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- The statue, with outspread wings and hands raised benevolently, was on a trough where horses drank before pulling their heavy loads up the hill.
- We are looked upon quite benevolently, and we are quite an old fashioned company - we always pay our bills within a few days, but we are not daft!
- She looked surprised and smiled benevolently at me - ‘Outspoken child’, she probably thought to herself.
Late Middle English: from Old French benivolent, from Latin bene volent- 'well wishing', from bene 'well' + velle 'to wish'.
This comes, via Old French, from Latin bene volent- ‘well wishing’.
Words that rhyme with benevolentmalevolent, prevalent
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