benignity


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be·nig·ni·ty

 (bĭ-nĭg′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. be·nig·ni·ties
1. The quality or condition of being kind and gentle.
2. A kindly or gracious act.

benignity

(bɪˈnɪɡnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality of being benign; favourable attitude
2. a kind or gracious act
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benignity - the quality of being kind and gentlebenignity - the quality of being kind and gentle
good, goodness - moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people"
malignance, malignancy, malignity - quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will
2.benignity - a kind actbenignity - a kind act        
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
benefaction, benevolence - an act intending or showing kindness and good will
cupboard love - a show of affection motivated by selfishness
favor, favour - an act of gracious kindness
pardon, forgiveness - the act of excusing a mistake or offense
endearment - the act of showing affection
thoughtfulness, consideration - a considerate and thoughtful act

benignity

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She was a long time about it, and when she returned, he was stretched out with both arms under his head, sound asleep, while Aunt March had pulled down the curtains and sat doing nothing in an unusual fit of benignity.
A susceptible observer, at any rate, might have regarded it as affording very little evidence of the general benignity of soul whereof it purported to be the outward reflection.
all on yer," said Sam, waving his palm-leaf with benignity, "I give yer my blessin'; go to bed now, and be good boys.
A most noble benignity and purity reposed in the counte- nance of him they called Sir Galahad, and likewise in the king's also; and there was majesty and greatness in the giant frame and high bearing of Sir Launcelot of the Lake.
I learnt, from this, that Miss Mills had had her trials in the course of a chequered existence; and that to these, perhaps, I might refer that wise benignity of manner which I had already noticed.
Such strange lingering echoes of the old demon-worship might perhaps even now be caught by the diligent listener among the grey-haired peasantry; for the rude mind with difficulty associates the ideas of power and benignity.
The accents of an unknown tongue, however harsh they might have sounded when uttered by another, had, coming from the beautiful Rebecca, the romantic and pleasing effect which fancy ascribes to the charms pronounced by some beneficent fairy, unintelligible, indeed, to the ear, but, from the sweetness of utterance, and benignity of aspect, which accompanied them, touching and affecting to the heart.
It bespoke an inward and mighty battle with self, with heredity, with age-old custom, and as he opened his mouth to speak, a look almost of benignity, of kindliness, momentarily lighted up his fierce and terrible countenance.
A glance at the king after this discreet and subtle exordium, assured Villefort of the benignity of his august auditor, and he went on: --
He exerted himself, during his sojourn among this simple and well-disposed people, to inculcate, as far as he was able, the gentle and humanizing precepts of the Christian faith, and to make them acquainted with the leading points of its history; and it speaks highly for the purity and benignity of his heart, that he derived unmixed happiness from the task.
He left his station at the nook of the bridge, limped forward with a gracious air, took Dammit by the hand and shook it cordially, looking all the while straight up in his face with an air of the most unadulterated benignity which it is possible for the mind of man to imagine.
Smallweed, approving of what is set before him, conveys intelligent benignity into his ancient eye and winks upon her.