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[fi-lan-thruh-pist] /fɪˈlæn θrə pɪst/
a person who practices philanthropy.
1720-30; philanthrop(y) + -ist
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philanthropistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • But philanthropists say it is also a testament to savvy college leaders and smart fund raisers.
  • He is one of those wise philanthropists who, in a time of famine, would vote for nothing but a supply of toothpicks.
  • Above all, he must remember that diplomats are government officials, not philosophers or philanthropists.
  • philanthropists and the public pitch in on the cost of journalism.
  • philanthropists can even encourage non-profits to move towards becoming for-profits, able to stand entirely on their own feet.
  • And when cash is tight, the philanthropists who are so important to universities disappear.
  • Some of the new philanthropists believe that they are doing good simply by running their business.
  • But in order to give away lots of money, would-be philanthropists first have to make it.
  • Some wealthy people are great philanthropists and benefactors.
  • Both families were successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
Word Origin and History for philanthropists



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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