benevolent

  • 1 benevolent — 1 *charitable, philanthropic, eleemosynary, humanitarian, humane, altruistic Analogous words: benign, benignant, kindly, *kind: generous, *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded: obliging, complaisant, *amiable Antonyms: malevolent Contrasted… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Benevolent — Be*nev o*lent, a. [L. benevolens, entis; bene well (adv. of bonus good) + volens, p. pr. of volo I will, I wish. See {Bounty}, and {Voluntary}.] Having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 benevolent — I adjective accommodating, affable, agreeable, altruistic, amiable, amicable, bearing good will, beneficient, benevolus, benign, big hearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, complacent, condolent, considerate, cooperative, cordial, decent,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 bénévolent — ⇒BÉNÉVOLENT, ENTE, adj. Rare, littér. vieilli. [En parlant d une pers. ou de l expression hum.] Qui se montre bienveillant, d une bonté indulgente : • 1. ... il semblait qu une similitude d âge et de cœur réunît dans le groupe des goûts anciens M …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 5 benevolent — (adj.) mid 15c., wishing to do good, kindly, from M.Fr. benivolent and directly from L. benevolentem (nom. benevolens) wishing (someone) well, benevolent, related to benevolentia good feeling (see BENEVOLENCE (Cf. benevolence)). Related:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 Benevolent — (v. lat.), wohlwollend, geneigt; daher Benevolenz, Geneigtheit, Wohlwollen, Gunst …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 7 Benevolént — (lat.), wohlwollend; Benevolenz (benevolentia), das Wohlwollen …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 8 Benevolént — (lat.), wohlwollend; Benevolénz, Wohlwollen, Geneigtheit, Gunst. Benevŏle (benevolentissĭme), lector, geneigter (sehr geneigter) Leser …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 9 benevolent — [adj] charitable, kind all heart, altruistic, beneficent, benign, big, big hearted, bounteous, bountiful, caring, chivalrous, compassionate, considerate, generous, helpful, humane, humanitarian, kindhearted, liberal, magnanimous, philanthropic,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 benevolent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) well meaning and kindly. 2) (of an organization) charitable rather than profit making. DERIVATIVES benevolence noun benevolently adverb. ORIGIN Old French benivolent, from Latin bene well + velle to wish …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 benevolent — [bə nev′ələnt] adj. [ME & OFr < L benevolens < bene, well + volens, prp. of velle, to wish: see WILL1] 1. doing or inclined to do good; kindly; charitable 2. characterized by or resulting from benevolence SYN. KIND benevolently adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 benevolent — benevolently, adv. benevolentness, n. /beuh nev euh leuhnt/, adj. 1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile. 2. desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent… …

    Universalium

  • 13 benevolent — [[t]bɪne̱vələnt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe a person in authority as benevolent, you mean that they are kind and fair. The company has proved to be a most benevolent employer... They believe that the country needs a benevolent dictator.… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 benevolent — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin benevolent , benevolens, from bene + volent , volens, present participle of velle to wish more at will Date: 15th century 1. a. marked by or disposed to doing good < a benevolent donor > b.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 benevolent — be•nev•o•lent [[t]bəˈnɛv ə lənt[/t]] adj. 1) characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent smile[/ex] 2) desiring to help others; charitable 3) established for good works: a benevolent society[/ex] • Etymology: 1425–75; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 benevolent — /banevalant/ Philanthropic; humane; having a desire or purpose to do good to men; intended for the conferring of benefits, rather than for gain or profit; loving others and actively desirous of their well being. In re Altaian s Estate, 87 Misc.… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17 benevolent — adj. benevolent towards * * * [bɪ nev(ə)lənt] benevolent towards …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 benevolent — be|nev|o|lent [bıˈnevələnt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: bene well + volens (present participle of velle to wish )] kind and generous ▪ A benevolent uncle paid for her to have music lessons. ▪ a benevolent smile >benevolence n [U]… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 benevolent — adjective kind and generous: A benevolent uncle paid for her to have music lessons. | a benevolent smile benevolence noun (U) benevolently adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 benevolent — adjective 1) a benevolent patriarch Syn: kind, kindly, kindhearted, bighearted, good natured, good, benign, compassionate, caring, altruistic, humanitarian, philanthropic; generous, magnanimous, munificent, unselfish, openha …

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