What does benevolent mean?

Definitions for benevolent
bəˈnɛv ə ləntbenev·o·lent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolentadjective

    intending or showing kindness

    "a benevolent society"

  2. charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-heartedadjective

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"

  3. benevolent, freeheartedadjective

    generous in providing aid to others

  4. beneficent, benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropicadjective

    generous in assistance to the poor

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


  1. benevolentadjective

    Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.

  2. benevolentadjective

    Having a disposition to do good.

  3. benevolentadjective

    altruistic or charitable.

  4. benevolentadjective


  5. Etymology: bene + volo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Benevolentadjective

    Kind; having good will, or kind inclinations.

    Etymology: benevolens, benevolentia, Lat.

    Thou good old man, benevolent as wise. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Nature all
    Is blooming and benevolent like thee. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benevolentadjective

    having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; disposed to give to good objects; kind; charitable

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benevolent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benevolent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of benevolent in a Sentence

  1. Florence Nightingale:

    What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they know nothing and think they know a great deal.

  2. Patrick Lynch:

    Patrick Lynch, head of New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, on Wednesday assailed John Jay for not cutting ties with Tucker Isaacson more swiftly. Tucker Isaacson had no business spreading Tucker Isaacson crackpot ideas and hateful anti-police views anywhere, much less in a classroom filled with future police officers, tucker Isaacson should have been fired immediately and publicly, not quietly let go months after the fact.

  3. Scott Degnan:

    The tax reform was great, it's allowing us to be a little bit more benevolent and allowing us to be involved in more giving.

  4. Nicolas Chow:

    The four characters on the base say 'jingtian qinmin', which means 'revere heaven and serve thy people,' it really crystallizes the political theory in China whereby heaven bestows its power upon a ruler who is righteous and benevolent.

  5. Douglas William Jerrold:

    He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.

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  • خيرArabic
  • доброжела́телен, благоскло́нен, ще́дър, човеколюби́в, ми́лостивBulgarian
  • benèfic, benevolentCatalan, Valencian
  • benevolentníCzech
  • velvilligeDanish
  • wohlwollendGerman
  • καλοήθηςGreek
  • benévoloSpanish
  • خیرخواه, نیک‌کامهPersian
  • hyväntahtoinenFinnish
  • bienveillant, bienveillanteFrench
  • נָדִיבHebrew
  • 優しいJapanese
  • دڵ سۆزKurdish
  • liefdadig, welwillend, altruïstischDutch
  • velvilligNorwegian
  • binevoitor, binevoitoareRomanian
  • доброжела́тельный, филантропи́ческий, благожела́тельный, ми́лостивый, благотвори́тельный, великоду́шный, человеколюби́вый, благоскло́нный, до́брый, ще́дрый, благоду́шныйRussian
  • välvilligSwedish
  • இரக்கமுள்ளTamil
  • hayırseverTurkish
  • ادارUrdu

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. brilliant
    • B. suspicious
    • C. alternate
    • D. witless

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