I was a little mystified at how benignly he responded to my questions about his business activities.
Having power and using it benignly and graciously, he can exert its subtler form known as influence.
Billy, propped up among his cushions, smiled back at her benignly.
"I am confident that I can do it in one all little hour," reiterated Joseph, and for once the Prince regarded him benignly.
Uncle William, from his height, looked down on them benignly.
Miriam benignly gazed—it was the perfection of indirectness.
"I am glad that I have come at the right moment, Tommy," she said, benignly.
The gentleman with a helmet there, who regards us so benignly, will presently earn a shilling by calling me a hansom.
"Excuse me," says I, benignly, for I didn't want to hurt her feelings again.
Looking up into the cloudless blue of the summer sky, she wondered that it could smile so benignly upon a world so cursed by sin.
early 14c., from Old French benigne (12c., "kind, benign, merciful, gracious;" Modern French bénin, fem. bénigne), from Latin benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," literally "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth" (see genus). For similar sense evolution, cf. gentle, kind (adj.), generous. Related: Benignly.
benign be·nign (bĭ-nīn')
Of no danger to health, especially relating to a tumorous growth; not malignant.
Not life-threatening or severe, and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant. Compare malignant.