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benignity

[bih-nig-ni-tee] /bɪˈnɪg nɪ ti/
noun, plural benignities.
1.
the quality of being benign; kindness.
2.
Archaic. a good deed or favor; an instance of kindness:
benignities born of selfless devotion.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English benignite < Middle French < Latin benignitās. See benign, -ity
Related forms
unbenignity, noun, plural unbenignities.
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British Dictionary definitions for benignity

benignity

/bɪˈnɪɡnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality of being benign; favourable attitude
2.
a kind or gracious act
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Word Origin and History for benignity
n.

late 14c., from Old French benignité "goodness, kindness" (12c.), from Latin benignitatem (nominative benignitas), from benignus "kindly, kindhearted" (see benign).

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