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benevolent

[buh-nev-uh-luh nt] /bəˈnɛv ə lənt/
adjective
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 alumni.
3.
intended for benefits rather than profit:
a benevolent institution.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin benevolent- (stem of benevolēns) kindhearted (bene- bene- + vol- wish (akin to will1) + -ent- -ent)
Related forms
benevolently, adverb
benevolentness, noun
nonbenevolent, adjective
nonbenevolently, adverb
pseudobenevolent, adjective
pseudobenevolently, adverb
quasi-benevolent, adjective
quasi-benevolently, adverb
superbenevolent, adjective
superbenevolently, adverb
unbenevolent, adjective
unbenevolently, adverb
Can be confused
beneficent, beneficial, benevolent.
Synonyms
2. good, kind, humane, generous, liberal, benign, philanthropic, altruistic.
Antonyms
cruel.
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  • In the poem, the albatross benevolently fills the ship's sails with wind and aids its progress.
British Dictionary definitions for benevolently

benevolent

/bɪˈnɛvələnt/
adjective
1.
intending or showing goodwill; kindly; friendly: a benevolent smile, a benevolent old man
2.
doing good or giving aid to others, rather than making profit; charitable: a benevolent organization
Derived Forms
benevolently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin benevolēns, from bene well + velle to wish
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Word Origin and History for benevolently

benevolent

adj.

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.

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