characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.
intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin benevolent- (stem of benevolēns) kindhearted (bene- bene- + vol- wish (akin to will1) + -ent- -ent)

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

beneficent, beneficial, benevolent.

2. good, kind, humane, generous, liberal, benign, philanthropic, altruistic.

cruel. Unabridged
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benevolent (bɪˈnɛvələnt)
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
[C15: from Latin benevolēns, from bene well + velle to wish]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "wishing to do good, kindly," from O.Fr. benevolent, from L. benevolentem (nom. benevolens) "wishing (someone) well, benevolent," related to benevolentia "good feeling" (see benevolence).
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Example sentences
In the poem, the albatross benevolently fills the ship's sails with wind and aids its progress.
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