benevolent
[ buh-nev-uh-luhnt ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
late Middle English from the Old French benivolent, from Latin bene volent- "well wishing," from bene "well" + velle "to wish"
Synonyms
    1.
  • friendly kind thoughtful caring
    2.
  • generous compassionate philanthropic helpful
Antonyms
    1.
  • unwelcoming dispiriting discouraging inhospitable
    2.
  • selfish self-righteous inconsiderate unsupportive
Definition
1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings
2. desiring to help others; charitable
Examples
1. A) All of her first-day worries diminished with the benevolent smile of her teacher. B) After a year in the city, he finally felt at home thanks to his benevolent neighbors.
2. A) The benevolent mother dropped everything to take care of her sick children. B) His benevolent heart had a passion to serve those who are homeless.
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