Adjective "Beneficent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) generous or doing good.
  1. 'And if God is not beneficent and all-powerful - well, what then of God's traditional identity, his essence?'
  2. 'England's successful wars against the French, its growing overseas empire, its social stability and its mercantile hegemony were all interpreted as the blessings of a beneficent providence on a Protestant people.'
  3. 'His worship of Great Mother Nature as a beneficent spirit would have led him to Greenpeace, if not Earthfirst, and he would certainly have believed Lovelock's Gaia theory.'
  4. 'Clearly she presides over this field or crop, as she walks through it like a beneficent goddess.'
  5. 'Often these gifts are exchanged in special ceremonies where participants compete to appear the most beneficent, because status is accorded to those who give the most to others.'
  6. 'Maybe she had, but I'd forgotten, or at least not made the association between that beneficent patron of my childhood and the old man at the awards ceremony.'
  7. 'The Depression and World War II fostered in the parents of baby boomers an ethos of thrift and sacrifice, along with a belief in a beneficent federal government.'
  8. 'The president has battered this beneficent bureaucracy.'
  9. 'The poor in these paintings provided an opportunity for the prudent and beneficent wealthy to display their charity, such as in Beechey's Portrait of Sir Francis Ford's Children Giving a Coin to a Beggar Boy.'
  10. 'It is as though the beneficent god in which Spinoza did not believe had granted him a glimpse of the future which he is conveying to us.'
  11. 'a beneficent democracy'
  12. 'Life on that island is marked by an uneasy tension, the juxtaposition of living surrounded by that which is at once beneficent and at the same time terribly exacting in its toll on human flesh.'
  13. 'The consequences of last month's election, all of them beneficent, continue to unfold.'
  14. 'The focus of the literature is upon the beneficent impact of democracy on the relations between liberal states.'
  15. 'I say this not just because he is a son of the great city of Shanghai - although this town has been known to have a beneficent effect on people.'
  16. 'He also regards changes in the EEC as part of these beneficent developments.'
  17. 'Liberal, beneficent, and traditional ideas have returned to their rightful place through the dispersal of the odious and despicable factions which sought to overawe the Councils.'
  18. 'When read as a literary whole, Genesis 1-2 posits a world that is divinely beneficent and bountiful, in no need of human genius to improve or control it.'
  19. 'Instead, they will be populated by industrious persons traveling to these beneficent climates in search of the prosperity that has eluded them in their own country.'
  20. 'Consumer debt has been a remarkably beneficent force in moving people into the middle class in this country over the last two or three generations.'


1. doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.

More examples(as adjective)

"purposes can be beneficent."

"powers can be beneficent."

"democracies can be beneficent."

"voices can be beneficent."

"tyrants can be beneficent."

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Early 17th century: from Latin beneficent- (stem of beneficentior, comparative of beneficus ‘favourable, generous’), from bene facere ‘do good (to)’.