- 1Well meaning and kindly: he was something of a benevolent despot a benevolent smileMore example sentences
kind, kindly, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, tender-hearted, big-hearted, good-natured, good, gracious, tolerant, benign, compassionate, caring, sympathetic, considerate, thoughtful, well meaning, obliging, accommodating, helpful, decent, neighbourly, public-spirited, charitable, altruistic, humane, humanitarian, philanthropic; generous, magnanimous, munificent, unselfish, ungrudging, unstinting, open-handed, free-handed, free, liberal, lavish, bountiful, beneficent, indulgent• literary bounteous• rare benignant
- 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.
- 1.1 [attributive] (Of an organization) serving a charitable rather than a profit-making purpose: a benevolent fundMore example sentences
- 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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- 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'.