• WordNet 3.6
    • adj benevolent generous in assistance to the poor "a benevolent contributor","eleemosynary relief","philanthropic contributions"
    • adj benevolent generous in providing aid to others
    • adj benevolent showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity "was charitable in his opinions of others","kindly criticism","a kindly act","sympathetic words","a large-hearted mentor"
    • adj benevolent intending or showing kindness "a benevolent society"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobel, actually invented dynamite, (Dynamite no.1 and Ballistite) but when he saw the destruction it caused, he decided to do something benevolent with all the money he made. Hence the Nobel Prize.
    • a Benevolent Having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; disposed to give to good objects; kind; charitable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • benevolent Having or manifesting a desire to do good; possessing or characterized by love toward mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; kind: as, a benevolent disposition or action.
    • benevolent Intended for the conferring of benefits, as distinguished from the making of profit: as, a benevolent enterprise; a benevolent institution. Synonyms Kind-hearted, humane, charitable, generous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Benevolent charitable, generous, well disposed to
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  • Lope de Vega
    Lope de Vega
    “Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.”
  • P. Godwin
    P. Godwin
    “The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.”
  • John Updike
    “Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.”
  • Robert Burns
    “The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite human beings, Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. benevolens, -entis,; bene, well (adv. of bonus, good) + volens, p. pr. of volo, I will, I wish. See Bounty, and Voluntary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. benevolentia.


In literature:

His face is calmer, milder, more benevolent, and more resignedly worried.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
The most benevolent men, and by all his traits he was one of the most benevolent, have their pitiless moments.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
These tropic breezes came like benevolent fairies, to aid our groaning Titan in his labors.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
However, the arm of public benevolence is not shortened; and there are often several means to the same end.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Are Negroes human, or, if human, developed far enough to absorb, even under benevolent tutelage, any appreciable part of modern culture?
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Personally (with a rising inflection and a benevolent smile), I should rejoice to see the insane poor clothed and in their right mind.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Not sweetness, not marked benevolence, but the repose of absolute spiritual conviction.
"Cecilia de Noël" by Lanoe Falconer
A life consistent with his views, was a life of humility and universal benevolence, and such was his.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
But those virtues which should especially distinguish you, are the love of truth and of benevolence.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
In Sir Thomas Sindall, Mackenzie meant to present a contrast to the delicate and benevolent character of Harley.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman

In poetry:

But thou, O Lord! out of thy love
And great benevolence, dost give
To us a portion, far above
What they have, who much better live!
"Another, After Meat" by Rees Prichard
O glorious aim! O wealth supreme!
Divine benevolence of soul!
That greatly glows, And freely flows,
And in one blessing grasps the whole!
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
The lessons of prudence have charms,
And slighted, may lead to distress;
But the man whom benevolence warms,
Is an angel who lives but to bless.
"The Banks Of Wye - Book II" by Robert Bloomfield
They wait, when they should turn to journeys,
They stiffen, when they should bend.
They use against themselves that benevolence
To which no man is friend.
"Women" by Louise Bogan
Nor yet invite heav'n, earth, and man to join
The Seraphim, and all the hosts divine,
To celebrate with thee the Lord above
For his immense benevolence and love?
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
The man with heart benevolent and kind,
The man with earnest and persuasive tongue;
Would there were many like him heart and mind
To combat with this fashionable wrong;
"Address To The Hon. Malcolm Cameron" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Phil Caruso's 12 years as president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association have been a series of political wars.
You may dream of a past life as a sex slave, Roman oracle, benevolent ruler or Brahman cow in India.
The Minonk Ministerial Association will hold a Spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and concert on October 20th in order to raise money for the benevolence fund.
"The characteristic that best defines the Chicago start-up scene is our Midwest benevolence," says DreamChamps co-founder Jill Felska.
The rest of us rely on the benevolence of the Archer Daniels & Midland Corporation.
Gates of Prayer, Charitable and Benevolent Association, Italian Americans.
These days, we think of our God as benev­o­lent.
Each year the Saranac Lake Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1508 and all Elks throughout the US set aside the First Sunday in December to remember absent members.
With so many people needing assistance , the benevolence fund continues to run in the red.
The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has requested Gov Steve Beshear not to sign any request to implement on an emergency basis a ban on race-day use of furosemide.
James Carver , Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President.
A representative from the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus has pledged $500 to the Cancer Patients Benevolence Fund at Anderson Regional Cancer Center.
Street 88 Benevolent Street Providence, RI 02906-2046 (map).
WBRU PD/MD 88 Benevolent Street Providence, RI 02906-2046.
Former President George W Bush on Tuesday called on lawmakers to debate immigration reform "with a benevolent spirit" and bear in mind the contribution of immigrants in building the country.

In science:

Then we extend the algorithm to cover several other cases of interval scheduling including monotone instances, C-benevolent instances and D-benevolent instances, giving the same competitive ratio.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
C- and D-benevolent instances where the weight of an interval is given by some ‘nice’ function of its length (convex increasing for C-benevolent, and decreasing for D-benevolent).
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
This and most other lower bounds for D-benevolent instances only work for a subclass of functions that satisfy a surjective condition.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
The precise way of defining the slots depends on the case being studied (equal-length, monotone, C- or D-benevolent instances).
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
Once again, the algorithm for C-benevolent instances RAN -C consists of two deterministic algorithms A and B , each with probability 1/2 of being executed.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs