Adjective "benevolent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Well meaning and kindly.
  1. 'a benevolent smile'
  2. 'In my days as a wine merchant, he was a benevolent boss who was keen to pass on helpful tips.'
  3. 'It's impossible not to be awed by the grandeur of temples and throne rooms of a country still in love with its benevolent monarchy.'
  4. 'It is a benevolent heart and a generous mind which enjoy the encounter of other people.'
  5. 'These organisations project a reputation of being caring, considerate and benevolent.'
  6. 'Jullie looked at him, with that benevolent smile that always seemed to be on her face.'
  7. 'His benevolent and altruistic nature made him very well known to everyone in the area.'
  8. 'His benevolent smile was topped by the warm charm flowing from his eyes.'
  9. 'His benevolent demeanor and tolerance have apparently not worked well.'
  10. 'James has a winning grin, a benevolent smile and an infectious laugh.'
  11. 'It is perceived as a benevolent or altruistic act, which is supposed to empower those who were once denied power.'
  12. 'Some paid for the privilege of nailing by contributing to a war charity or benevolent organization.'
  13. 'Also returning will be the local firefighters, who will be collecting money for their benevolent fund as well as their own depot.'
  14. 'This is a benevolent fund of the diocese set up to make provision for retired clergy.'
  15. 'Others were labelled infirm, defined as the deserving poor, and provided for by benevolent asylums or charities.'
  16. 'The appeal is the principle source of funds which directly support the legion's welfare and benevolent work.'
  17. 'Property owned by a benevolent organization and used exclusively for benevolent purposes is exempt from taxation.'
  18. 'If our clients had a specific trade or profession, we find out if there is a benevolent fund associated with that trade.'
  19. 'He hopes to raise £5,000 which will go to the British Heart Foundation and army benevolent fund.'


1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.

2. desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.

3. intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.

More examples(as adjective)

"weathers can be benevolent for times."

"conditions can be benevolent as surfaces."

"blueprints can be benevolent to markets."

"funds can be benevolent."

"people can be benevolent."

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Late Middle English: from Old French benivolent, from Latin bene volent- ‘well wishing’, from bene ‘well’ + velle ‘to wish’.