If you have a great person in charge then a benevolent dictator is wonderful.
Dickens pretended to be a benevolent father, but he scared his kids half to death.
They are often characterized as benevolent and admirable; when we do the same, we are angry and unreasonable.
Eight years later, Valjean has assumed a new identity as Monsieur Madeleine, a wealthy and benevolent factory owner.
If ever there were a candidate for a benevolent takeover by community leaders or financiers, the Boston Globe would be it.
They are, in fact, as we have already seen, the representatives of the benevolent ancestral ghosts.
Nothing obstructs my benevolent exertion but human infidelity.
His hero, a young baronet of wealth, and of a benevolent and generous temper, is crossed in love.
You have a hand all benevolent to give-why were you denied the pleasure?
The root of all benevolent actions is filial piety and fraternal love.
mid-15c., "wishing to do good, kindly," from Middle French benivolent and directly from Latin benevolentem (nominative benevolens) "wishing (someone) well, benevolent," related to benevolentia "good feeling" (see benevolence). Related: Benevolently.