• The Madonnas, under their iron canopies, looked down, serene and beneficent
    The Madonnas, under their iron canopies, looked down, serene and beneficent
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj beneficent doing or producing good "the most beneficent regime in history"
    • adj beneficent generous in assistance to the poor "a benevolent contributor","eleemosynary relief","philanthropic contributions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Beneficent Doing or producing good; performing acts of kindness and charity; characterized by beneficence. "The beneficent fruits of Christianity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beneficent Doing or effecting good; performing acts of kindness and charity; marked by or resulting from good will.
    • beneficent Synonyms Beneficent, Beneficial, bountiful, bounteous, liberal, munificent, generous, kind. Beneficent always implies a kind and worthy purpose back of that to which the adjective applies; beneficial does not.
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In literature:

The whole Bible is one great lesson of piety and virtue, of love and beneficence.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
A beneficent hand has drawn up the white linen shade at one of the back parlor windows to slide the sash a little from the top.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The most beneficent influence for Darwin at Cambridge was the friendship between himself and Professor Henslow.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
The beneficent dispenser of harvests and offspring, she nevertheless has a portentous and terrific phase.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
Towards the Ettrick Shepherd his beneficence was munificent.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III" by Various
The contrast between this evil being and the beneficent couple, Osiris and Isis, was striking.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
In those days wine was highly valued on account of its beneficent power.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
For a corrupt resignation or exchange of a benefice the giver and taker of a bribe forfeit each double the amount of the bribe.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Since the roots of clovers act so beneficently on soils, it is highly important that they be increased to the greatest extent practicable.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
What's essentially kinder and more helpful than that, what's more beneficent?
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
Nobody has yet invented a mechanically beneficent sovereign.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
And it was attended with some beneficent consequences.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
These houses became centres of pious beneficence.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
In this relation he is often terrible, often beneficent, but with low tastes that it is difficult to explain.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
One of the beneficent lessons of the present war has been to moderate our claims in this respect.
"Progress and History" by Various
The beneficent processes of nature are not apparent to the senses.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Owing to the meagreness of the record, a complete list of the holders of the benefice is not to be expected.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
The frost of winter is his treasure-keeper, and the snows wrap him about with beneficence.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
He had no doubt that when change fell upon the aged, it was as beneficent in its approach as the oncoming of sleep.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
The duties undertaken by Margaret grew insensibly and steadily in beneficence and importance.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

In poetry:

A golden crown adorns the spot;
Forever blessed be
The hand beneficent that wrought
"A temple by the sea!"
"Watch Hill" by Hattie Howard
Gracious deceivers, who have lifted us
Out of the slough where passed our unknown youth.
Beneficent liars, who have gifted us
With sacred love of truth!
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
In Virtue's cause they take a noble aim;
'Tis theirs in sweetest harmony to blend
Wit with Compassion, Sympathy with Fame,
Pleasure the means, Beneficence the end.
"Lines Written At Kilkenny, On The Theatricals Of That City" by Sir John Carr
That love which changed-for wan disease,
For sorrow that had bent
O'er hopeless dust, for withered age-
Their moral element,
And turned the thistles of a curse
To types beneficent.
"The Primrose of the Rock" by William Wordsworth
Silver will rust, and gold with use will waste,
Rich lawns and silks to moths will prove a prey,
Our bread will mould, our liquors lose their taste;
But never will beneficence decay.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
At her approach the bolts were drawn,
And inward swung the temple gate,
Revealing in the light of dawn
The marble form immaculate,
The effigy of heaven's queen,
Sublime, beneficent, serene.
"The Gift Of Juno" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

In a world where the gap between the haves and the have-nots is often painfully apparent, beneficent and philanthropic efforts by some of the world's wealthiest sound pretty good.
John Muir, who dubbed the snow-capped Sierra the "Range of Light," and whose musings about their divinity shaped his generation's faith in nature's holy beneficence, spent a lot of time in Los Angeles.
John Muir , who dubbed the snow-capped Sierra the "Range of Light," and whose musings about their divinity shaped his generation's faith in nature's holy beneficence, spent a lot of time in Los Angeles.
The beneficent reign of divine Love is always near.
BEFORE millions of television viewers, under the dewy and beneficent gaze of Oprah Winfrey, the two of them traded moony glances.
"One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness ,is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.".
Today's Washington is more interested in exploiting such beneficence.
All hail Mitt the Mighty, or perhaps Barack the Beneficent.
An erratic genius and his sober-sided partner made their product a household necessity and built fortunes which their numerous progeny have spent in ways both beneficent and bizarre.