beneficent


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be·nef·i·cent

 (bə-nĕf′ĭ-sənt)
adj.
1. Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
2. Producing benefit; beneficial.

[Probably from beneficence, on the model of such pairs as benevolent, benevolence.]

be·nef′i·cent·ly adv.

beneficent

(bɪˈnɛfɪsənt)
adj
charitable; generous
[C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice]
beˈneficently adv

be•nef•i•cent

(bəˈnɛf ə sənt)

adj.
1. doing good or causing good to be done; charitable.
2. beneficial.
[1610–20]
be•nef′i•cent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.beneficent - doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history"
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
2.beneficent - generous in assistance to the poorbeneficent - generous in assistance to the poor; "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions"
charitable - full of love and generosity; "charitable to the poor"; "a charitable trust"

beneficent

adjective charitable, benign, benevolent, philanthropic, bountiful, bounteous, munificent In 1909 nuns were running more than 1,000 beneficent institutions.

beneficent

adjective
1. Characterized by kindness and concern for others:
Translations

beneficent

[bɪˈnefɪsənt] ADJ (frm) → benéfico

beneficent

[bɪˈnɛfɪsənt] adj (formal)
(= benevolent) [power, deity] → bienveillant(e)
(= beneficial) [effect] → salutaire

beneficent

adj (liter)wohltätig

beneficent

[bɪˈnɛfɪsnt] adj (frm) → benefico/a
References in classic literature ?
He handled the tools as if he liked the feel of them; and when he planed, his hands went back and forth over the boards in an eager, beneficent way as if he were blessing them.
She was not much given to reclining in the hammock, and when she did so it was with no cat-like suggestion of voluptuous ease, but with a beneficent repose which seemed to invade her whole body.
Phoebe, it is probable, had but a very imperfect comprehension of the character over which she had thrown so beneficent a spell.
The hideous but beneficent French Revolution would have been deferred, or would have fallen short of completeness, or even might not have happened at all, if Marie Antoinette had made the unwise mistake of not being born.
The chariot halted at her door, and though the Princess had read of such beneficent personages, she never dreamed for an instant that one of them could ever alight at her cottage.
Where is the use of doing me good in any way, beneficent spirit, when, at some fatal moment, you will again desert me--passing like a shadow, whither and how to me unknown, and for me remaining afterwards undiscoverable?
Ah, certainly - I see now: you are the favoured possessor of the beneficent fairy,' I remarked, turning to my neighbour.
That swindling Pumblechook, exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him, to illustrate his remarks.
The idea of so young and beautiful a person engaged in attendance on a sick-bed, or in dressing the wound of one of a different sex, was melted away and lost in that of a beneficent being contributing her effectual aid to relieve pain, and to avert the stroke of death.
The other Queen for whom they retain a great veneration is Candace, whom they call Judith, and indeed if what they relate of her could be proved, there never was, amongst the most illustrious and beneficent sovereigns, any to whom their country was more indebted, for it is said that she being converted by Inda her eunuch, whom St.
Shall the fields and the valleys, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness?
Quiteria belonged to Basilio and Basilio to Quiteria by the just and beneficent disposal of heaven.