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be·nign

 (bĭ-nīn′)
adj.
1.
a. Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless: a benign chemical; benign indifference.
b. Of no danger to health; not malignant or disease-causing: a benign tumor.
2. Tending to exert a beneficial influence; favorable: a policy with benign consequences for the economy.
3.
a. Gentle or kind: "a world regarded as the creative product of a benign God" (Nicholas Rescher).
b. Showing gentleness or kindness: a benign smile. See Synonyms at kind1.

[Middle English benigne, from Old French, from Latin benignus; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

be·nign′ly adv.

benign

(bɪˈnaɪn)
adj
1. showing kindliness; genial
2. (of soil, climate, etc) mild; gentle
3. favourable; propitious
4. (Pathology) pathol (of a tumour, etc) not threatening to life or health; not malignant
[C14: from Old French benigne, from Latin benignus, from bene well + gignere to produce]
beˈnignly adv

be•nign

(bɪˈnaɪn)

adj.
1. of kindly disposition; gracious: a benign king.
2. showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness.
3. favorable; propitious: benign omens.
4. clement: benign weather.
5. not malignant.
[1275–1325; Middle English benigne < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin benignus kind, generous]
be•nig′ni•ty (-ˈnɪg nɪ ti) n.
be•nign′ly, adv.

be·nign

(bĭ-nīn′)
Not likely to spread or get worse; not malignant: a benign tumor.

benign

Used to describe an abnormal growth, such as a tumor, that will not spread to other tissues or organs and so is usually nonfatal. Compare malignant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.benign - not dangerous to healthbenign - not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
malignant - dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
2.benign - pleasant and beneficial in nature or influencebenign - pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
harmless - not causing or capable of causing harm; "harmless bacteria"; "rendered the bomb harmless"
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"
malign - evil or harmful in nature or influence; "prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"
3.benign - kindness of disposition or manner; "the benign ruler of millions"; "benign intentions"
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"

benign

benign

adjective
1. Characterized by kindness and concern for others:
2. Indicative of future success or full of promise:
Translations
غير خَبيثلَطيف، رَقيق
benignílaskavýnezhoubnývlídný
godartetmildvenligvenligsindet
üdvös
góîkynjaîurgóîlátlegur
gerybinis
labdabīgslaipnsvēlīgs
benígny
habis olmayaniyi kalplimerhametliöldürücü olmayantehlikesiz

benign

[bɪˈnaɪn] ADJ
1. (= kind) [person, view] → benevolente; [smile, gesture] → benévolo, benevolente
a policy of benign neglect of the economyuna política en que, por su propio interés, se deja que la economía siga su curso sin interferir
2. (= favourable) [substance, influence] → benéfico; [conditions] → favorable; [climate] → benigno
3. (Med) [tumour, growth] → benigno

benign

[bɪˈnaɪn] adj
[person] → bienveillant(e); [smile] → bienveillant(e)
to take a benign view of sth → voir qch d'un œil bienveillant
Critics of the scheme take a less benign view
BUT Ceux qui critiquent ce projet le voient d'un œil moins indulgent. benign neglect
[tumour] → bénin/igne

benign

adj
gütig; planet, influencegünstig; climatemild; (= harmless) substance, process, researchharmlos
(Med) tumourgutartig

benign

[bɪˈnaɪn] adjbenevolo/a (Med) → benigno/a

benign

(biˈnain) adjective
1. kind, well-wishing. a benign smile.
2. not fatal. a benign tumour.
beˈnignly adverb
smiling benignly.

be·nign

a. benigno-a, que no es de naturaleza maligna.

benign

adj benigno
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And yet, if you could only see the benign smile of the original
Interpreting Hester Prynne's deportment as an appeal of this nature, society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.
I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.
exclaimed the Distressed One at this, "may all the stars of the celestial regions look down upon your greatness with benign eyes, valiant knight, and shed every prosperity and valour upon your heart, that it may be the shield and safeguard of the abused and downtrodden race of duennas, detested by apothecaries, sneered at by squires, and made game of by pages.
Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed.
The war was courteous and benign on the side of the chevalier; but du Bousquier showed less ceremony on his, though still preserving the outward appearances demanded by society, for he did not wish to be driven from the place.
In a few moments, notwithstanding their wet clothes, the icy blast that blew and the previous scene of terror, these hardy adventurers, with their iron frames, inured to every hardship, threw themselves down, intending to profit by the advice of Athos, who sat at the helm, pensively wakeful, guiding the little bark the way it was to go, his eyes fixed on the heavens, as if he sought to verify not only the road to France, but the benign aspect of protecting Providence.
According to the belief of many people, the valley owed much of its fertility to this benign aspect that was continually beaming over it, illuminating the clouds, and infusing its tenderness into the sunshine.
Simply, loveliest and most benign of your sex, that once already, in answer to a demand of your hand, you deigned to reply with that energetic and encouraging monosyllable, yes--dear and categorical affirmative--" exclaimed Tom, going off again at half-cock, highly impressed with the notion that rhapsody, instead of music, was the food of love--"Yes, dear and categorical affirmative, with what ecstasy did not my drowsy ears drink in the melodious sounds--what extravagance of delight my throbbing heart echo its notes, on the wings of the unseen winds--in short, what considerable satisfaction your consent gave my pulsating mind
Seth's broad shoulders have a slight stoop; his eyes are grey; his eyebrows have less prominence and more repose than his brother's; and his glance, instead of being keen, is confiding and benign.
Reuter's eyes were raised to mine with a look at once naive, benign, and beseeching.
thanks to his astonishing command over himself, became such benign tempests, that his most violent, his only passion, that which Saint Simon mentions with astonishment, was that famous fit of anger which he exhibited fifty years later, on the occasion of a little concealment of the Duc de Maine's.