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Definitions for beneficent
bəˈnɛf ə səntbenef·i·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beneficentadjective

    doing or producing good

    "the most beneficent regime in history"

  2. beneficent, benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropicadjective

    generous in assistance to the poor

    "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions"


  1. beneficentadjective

    Given to acts that are kind, charitable, philanthropic or beneficial.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beneficentadjective

    Kind; doing good. It differs from benign, as the act from the disposition; beneficence being kindness, or benignity, exerted in action.

    Etymology: from beneficus, beneficentior, Lat.

    Such a creature could not have his origination from any less than the most wise and beneficent being, the great God. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    But Phœbus, thou, to man beneficent,
    Delight’st in building cities. Matthew Prior.


  1. beneficent

    Beneficent refers to someone or something that results in goodness or kindness, or actively promotes goodness, kindness, and charity. It can describe acts, events, or individuals that help others or have the purpose of bringing about goodwill or beneficial outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beneficentadjective

    doing or producing good; performing acts of kindness and charity; characterized by beneficence

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beneficent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beneficent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of beneficent in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.

  2. H. G. Wells:

    ... when the struggle seems to be drifting definitely towards a world social democracy, there may still be very great delays and disappointments before it becomes an efficient and beneficent world system. Countless people ... will hate the new world order ... and will die protesting it. When we attempt to evaluate its promise, we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents, many of them quite gallant and graceful-looking people.

  3. Charles Robert Darwin:

    The assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for His existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent Diety.

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