benevolent Definition

  • 1well-meaning and kindly
  • 2organized to do good things for other people

Using benevolent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "benevolent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The benevolent old man always gave money to the homeless.

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    The company made a benevolent donation to the local charity.

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    The government's benevolent policies helped the poor.

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    She had a benevolent smile on her face.

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Phrases with benevolent

  • a fund set up to help people in need, typically by an organization or employer


    The company's benevolent fund provides financial assistance to employees in times of hardship.

  • an organization that is dedicated to doing good works for others, often through charitable activities


    The local benevolent society organizes food drives and other events to help those in need.

  • benevolent dictatorship

    a form of government in which an authoritarian leader exercises power for the benefit of the people


    Some argue that a benevolent dictatorship can be more effective than a democracy in certain situations.

Origins of benevolent

from Latin 'bene', meaning 'well' + 'volens', meaning 'willing'


Summary: benevolent in Brief

The term 'benevolent' [bəˈnevələnt] describes someone or something that is well-meaning and kind, or an organization that is organized to do good things for others. It is often used to describe people who are generous and charitable, as in 'The benevolent old man always gave money to the homeless.' 'Benevolent' can also be used to describe policies or actions that are designed to help others, as in 'The government's benevolent policies helped the poor.'

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