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[fi-lan-thruh-pist] /fɪˈlæn θrə pɪst/
a person who practices philanthropy.
Origin of philanthropist
1720-30; philanthrop(y) + -ist
Related forms
philanthropistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even on a poverty-level income, you are a philanthropist.
  • Yet the crisis has taken its toll on London's hedge-fund philanthropists.
  • You participate in the art world as collector and as a philanthropist.
  • But some locals say the billionaire philanthropist has too much sway in city affairs.
  • Mr Lazaridis is fascinated by fundamental physics, a passion in which he invests as a philanthropist.
  • It turns out that he is an urbane, soft-spoken, committed philanthropist.
  • Allen is a great man, a philanthropist and a smart man.
  • Mr Tose did not see himself as that sort of philanthropist, assembling alms for oblivion.
  • Thus he became known less as a businessman than as a philanthropist.
  • And philanthropists have spent their wealth in places where governments and markets have failed.
Word Origin and History for philanthropist

1731, from philanthropy + -ist. Related: Philanthropism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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