• WordNet 3.6
    • n benignity a kind act
    • n benignity the quality of being kind and gentle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cat scratch disease, a benign but sometimes painful disease of short duration, is caused by a bacillus. Despite its name, the disease can be transmitted by many kinds of scratches besides those of cats.
    • Benignity Mildness; gentleness. "The benignity or inclemency of the season."
    • Benignity Salubrity; wholesome quality.
    • Benignity The quality of being benign; goodness; kindness; graciousness. "Benignity of aspect."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benignity The state or quality of being benign; goodness of disposition; kindness of nature; graciousness; beneficence.
    • n benignity Mildness; want of severity.
    • n benignity A benign or beneficent deed; a kindness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benignity goodness of disposition: kindness: graciousness: favourable circumstances—of climate, weather, disease, planets
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  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    “The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. benignite, F. bénignité, OF. bénigneté, fr. L. benignitas,. See Benign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. benigne—L. benignus, for benigenus; bene, well, genus, born.


In literature:

And my razors (without Stenson's care) were benignantly blunt, and I would not condescend to braces.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Her aunt was desolate, whereas upon her the world smiled most benignly.
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
York: the world was an evil place and he wanted to sink under the veil of Childhood for it was benign.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
The speaker smiled benignly down upon them; lifting them up in his arms he stood the little boys upon the table.
"Miss Minerva and William Green Hill" by Frances Boyd Calhoun
Only Oros ate nothing, but remained where he was, smiling at us benignantly, nor did Ayesha touch any food.
"Ayesha" by H. Rider Haggard
Even Lady Rotherwood moved on, looking as benign as her feelings would permit.
"The Long Vacation" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Their defiance of it had been no greater than that of an hundred others on whom it had smiled benignly.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The speaker folded his hands and beamed down at them; he seemed fairly to radiate benignity.
"A Traveller in War-Time" by Winston Churchill
Also, there was a picture of this prize-dog in the paper, a noble great creature with a benignant countenance, standing by a table.
"Following the Equator, Part 5" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But Clara understood this benignity, and disliked it.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
In India, the serpent with a thousand heads; in Egypt, the serpent crowned with the lotos-leaf, is a benign and paternal deity.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Father Bourassa fanned himself with the black broadbrim hat he wore, and looked benignly but quizzically on the wiry, sharp-faced Irishman.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He looked very benign as he quoted these verses in the pulpit on Sunday morning, with a half smile, as of pleased meditation.
"When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Whereupon, Sir Harry, quite sincerely, poor old man, grew compassionate and grandly benignant.
"The Three Brides" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And citizens saluted him with respect and he responded with benignity.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Our barber is a delightful fellow; he looks benign and does not prattle; he respects the lobes of our ears and other vulnerabilia.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
As he looked benignly into his son's face and saw its deep misery and repugnance, he answered his own question.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
When he went down the ravine the love of Julia Anderson shone upon his heart as benignly as the moon upon the waters.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
With us sat a large benign Swedish professor whose erudition was encyclopaedic, but whose kindly humanity was greater.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
She had seen slavery in its benign aspect, and she was impatient with any criticism of the institution.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters

In poetry:

Than I, a stranger, first beheld
Thine eye's harmonious welcome given
With gentle word, which, as it swell'd,
Came to my heart benign as heaven.
"To Robert Southey" by Maria Gowen Brooks
There shadow, with her gentle fingers,
Soothes all the dappled land; she lingers
On little croft and ample field,
With their benign and wistful yield.
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb
O nightly miracle! to me still new,
Though long beheld: O soul-elating sight!
Stupendous record, witnessing to man
A ruling power, almighty and benign.
"British Georgics. January" by James Grahame
Yes! I have envied thee, sweet flower!
And long'd like thee to live obscurely;
Shelter'd in some benignant bower,
And breathing forth my soul so purely.
"To A Violet" by John Bowring
Glorious and mighty! Thy right hand of greatness
Upholds existence.—What is man before Thee?
Vanity, ashes—indigence and folly:
Smile, then, benignly!
"Winter: Saturday Evening" by John Bowring
But freely tendered and with kindness,
To these, the long and sore oppressed,
Know that our land with heaven's benignness,
In rich abundance shall be blest.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell

In news:

ROALD HOFFMANN Nobel laureate, professor of chemistry at Cornell University and poet -- glanced benignly at the stream of students passing his office window along a tranquil campus street.
These masses can be confused clinically with other benign or malignant lesions.
Laryngeal vascular leiomyomas are uncommon benign tumors that seldom recur following complete excision.
A Lackawanna County Court jury found Isaac Kieselowsky's motives were not so benign.
Juvenile xanthogranuloma (JXG) is a benign, non-Langerhans cell histiocytic lesion that generally affects infants and children.
Mezz lenders range from benign to predatory.
Visible in this photo (on the side of James' face, just below his right ear), the growth was determined to be benign, but required a six-hour surgery to remove after the end of the season.
We present a rare case of a benign tumor of the tonsil in a 49-year-old woman.
More benign are the surviving dated metal plaques still in sidewalks of century-old paving companies.
The photo on the right, a benign mole.
Mercedes Maki sees three or four patients a month with some sort of lesions on their skin, and 35 to 40 lesions are removed a year, but most of them are benign.
The first test Robert Quinn had to undergo at the NFL combine was an MRI on the benign tumor in his skull.
Live In Studio with Mike Benign and Slo -Fi.
If the phrase "Cultural Cold War" conjures up anything at all these days, it is a series of bleached images of a more benign competition running parallel to the grim geopolitical struggle between the West and the Soviets .
Councilmember Dan Halloran recovering after successful surgery to remove benign tumor .

In science:

The notion of ob ject’s localization, which seems so benignly obvious in classical mechanics, undergoes a radical change when distances are smaller than the Compton wavelength of the ob ject.
Zeno meets modern science
But baryon oscillations will have a different, and possibly benign, set of systematics – issues of mode coupling, redshift space distortions, biasing, and simply obtaining sufficient high S/N observations need to be actively researched.
Seeing the Nature of the Accelerating Physics: It's a SNAP
Of course, since this performance represents a worst case situation, it is not truly indicative of the degradation incurred for more benign choices of densities gj in Fj with j = 0, 1.
Robust Hypothesis Testing with a Relative Entropy Tolerance
Four of my first six papers were published there, and he reviewed those papers with meticulous but benign care: no logical detail escaped him, and the papers are much the better for it.
1953: An unrecognized summit in human genetic linkage analysis
Although benign by LHC standards, the ILC environment poses challenges of its own.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
If the nonlinearity is benign, it is still very effective.
Continuous-Discrete Path Integral Filtering
Of course, for small time steps and if the time dependence is benign, the error in using this or the end points is small.
Continuous-Discrete Path Integral Filtering
Even in the simple and comparatively benign CPL model this gives rise to counter-intuitive effects on general parameter constraints, which we study here.
Parameters and pitfalls in dark energy models with time varying equation of state
This is an appropriate example, not only because of the current consensus of using the CPL as a standard (Albrecht et al. 2006), but also because the it is a fairly benign evolution.
Parameters and pitfalls in dark energy models with time varying equation of state
Therefore, it begins to be understood that the “benign” tra jectories have their origin essentially in entry angles of elevated amplitude.
Two-dimensional body of maximum mean resistance
We have confidence, however, that the faults uncover some obvious errors and, even in the most benign interpretation, some instances of bad object-oriented design.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
The definition of the low energy effective action (1) implies one more important structural element which is not explicit in the notation: by definition of the trace ’tr’, the energy integration/summation over any continuous and analytically benign function of the energy indices ǫ produces zero (e.g. tr {ˆǫ} = 0).
Wigner-Dyson Statistics from the Keldysh Sigma-Model
The threshold can then be improved by enumerating the number of benign locations.
Deriving a Fault-Tolerant Threshold for a Global Control Scheme
Hence the only pairs of locations which are not benign are contained within blocks of ec-gate-ec.
Deriving a Fault-Tolerant Threshold for a Global Control Scheme
Therefore, this could, potentially, represent a significant reduction in the number of non-benign pairs of locations, even if the number of locations has increased.
Deriving a Fault-Tolerant Threshold for a Global Control Scheme