• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Philanthropical Of or pertaining to philanthropy; characterized by philanthropy; loving or helping mankind; as, a philanthropic enterprise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • philanthropical Same as philanthropic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Philanthropical doing good to others, benevolent
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. philanthropique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. philanthrōpiaphilos, loving, anthrōpos, a man.


In literature:

The tribe thus subdued by the pacific and philanthropic principles of Penn, have been untruly described as a cowardly and broken down race.
"Great Indian Chief of the West" by Benjamin Drake
At various times in my life chance has thrown me into contact with charities in great variety, and philanthropic work of many kinds.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
He may at some time need my help, though he spurned the aid of his 'philanthropic boy.
"The Harvest of Years" by Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
A philanthropic messenger service?
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
Understand, Paul, there's no philanthropic string to this offer.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
These philanthropic millionaires make me sick at the stomach, Lige.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
The first schools established distinctively for Negroes in our country were supported and taught by philanthropic white people of the North.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
It makes one philanthropic and a believer in human goodness.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
Thirdly, British Masonry is primarily philanthropic and the sums it devotes to charitable purposes are immense.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
In his philanthropic work he had gotten quite a hold on the Italian population.
"Aliens or Americans?" by Howard B. Grose

In poetry:

Some philanthropic souls as from afar,
With pity strove to break the slavish bar;
To whom my floods of gratitude shall roll,
And yield with pleasure to their soft control.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton
The philosophic mind might dwell
Upon this subject for an age:
The philanthropic heart might swell
Till tears as ink would wet the page;
The mystery, a myst'ry will remain—
The learning of the learned cannot explain.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott
Then rose the good old farming man and called his sons around,
And thus his philanthropic scheme did earnestly expound:
"My sons, it grieves my heart to see you struggling on the land;
And I've decided, after thought, to lend a helping hand.
"Dad's Philanthropic Plan" by C J Dennis

In news:

Brands combine ever-important healthy eating and philanthropic efforts.
Leslie Lenkowsky is a professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies at Indiana University.
If you would like to join with other philanthropic women in providing grants to charity, log on to for more information.
We hope the information provided will be useful as you consider your philanthropic and financial objectives.
Pitcher is presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, named after the late Hall of Fame outfielder, for his philanthropic work with community organizations in Los Angeles and Dallas.
The Association's philanthropic arm has announced the first stage of a nationwide campaign to address the ability of patients to understand health information.
0Six guys from Kettering University's Phi Delta Theta chapter covered 65 miles running from Detroit to Flint in a philanthropic effort to raise money for Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The simulation was staged by GIVE, a philanthropic committee of the WSU student government.
We need an intern to assist the Executive Assistant to the General Manager, the Director of Philanthropic Giving, and the Finance and Development Coordinator.
Dancel's philanthropic portfolio is massive.
Perhaps the most powerful shift has been to "focused giving": companies donating to or working closely with nonprofits that are directly related to their industry, as opposed to a more general, blanketed philanthropic strategy.
Where is the greatest philanthropic need for Blacks.
The Christmas Seals campaign demonstrated the philanthropic power of the grass roots.
Kyle and Sharon Krause are named Iowa Star Award recipients for philanthropic work.
Becoming philanthropic isn't just a nice thing to do when business is booming.