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BENEVOLENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does benevolent mean? 

BENEVOLENT (adjective)
  The adjective BENEVOLENT has 4 senses:

1. intending or showing kindness
2. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
3. generous in providing aid to others
4. generous in assistance to the poor

  Familiarity information: BENEVOLENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BENEVOLENT (adjective)


Sense 1benevolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intending or showing kindness

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a benevolent society

Pertainym:

benevolence (an act intending or showing kindness and good will)


Sense 2benevolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

Synonyms:

openhearted; good-hearted; kindly; large-hearted; benevolent; charitable; sympathetic

Context examples:

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

Similar:

kind (having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior)


Sense 3benevolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Generous in providing aid to others

Synonyms:

freehearted; benevolent

Similar:

generous (willing to give and share unstintingly)


Sense 4benevolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Generous in assistance to the poor

Synonyms:

eleemosynary; philanthropic; beneficent; benevolent

Context examples:

a benevolent contributor / eleemosynary relief / philanthropic contributions

Similar:

charitable (full of love and generosity)


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