Definition of benevolent in English:

benevolent

Line breaks: ben|evo¦lent
Pronunciation: /bɪˈnɛv(ə)l(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

benevolently

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French benivolent, from Latin bene volent- 'well wishing', from bene 'well' + velle 'to wish'.

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