• WordNet 3.6
    • adj philanthropic generous in assistance to the poor "a benevolent contributor","eleemosynary relief","philanthropic contributions"
    • adj philanthropic of or relating to or characterized by philanthropy "a philanthropic society"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Philanthropic Of or pertaining to philanthropy; characterized by philanthropy; loving or helping mankind; as, a philanthropic enterprise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • philanthropic Of or pertaining to philanthropy; characterized by or springing from love of mankind; actuated by a desire to do good to one's fellows.
    • philanthropic Synonyms Benevolent, humane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Philanthropic 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 philanthropic millionaire showed now that he was hurt.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Here again he was active and philanthropic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Whether Mr. Rollin detected anything of this philanthropic intention I do not know.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
He was yet in the full flow of philanthropic enthusiasm.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
The Philanthropic Results of the War in America.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
As a man he was loyal, affectionate, philanthropic and entirely estimable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
They seemed very ready to volunteer, though certainly for no philanthropic reasons.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Philanthropic spirit, the, xi, 327.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
And he, the most philanthropical of men, proved himself capable of being also the most cruel.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
Arsdale broke in with renewed enthusiasm for his philanthropic project and outlined his ambitions to Elaine.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett

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:

Kellan Lutz, Shaun White, Adam Levine and more are recognized for their philanthropic efforts.
The media personality uses her talents to expand her philanthropic goals.
Developing the mission of a nonprofit can be a challenging process of defining significant goals that will distinguish one's philanthropic services.
Since 2009 the Obakki clothing collection has been the definition of philanthropic fashion.
USU names College of Natural Resources after philanthropic Quinney Foundation.
The Oatmeal 's Matthew Inman: Web-comic, Philanthropic Powerhouse, Or Both.
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago will receive a three-year $85,000 grant from a philanthropic foundation to study the counseling experiences of pastors.
The Liberty Hill Foundation, along with Los Angeles Social Justice Foundation, hosts its third annual Philanthropic Summit and Luncheon "Uplifting Change," Feb 13 at the Center for Healthy Communities, 1000 N Alameda, L.A.
There are pros and cons to tying your start-up to a philanthropic cause but it's worth the risk if your intentions are authentic.
Sound business practices make for ideal philanthropic planning.
Community organizations on Monday responded by offering thanks to the Firstenburgs, while holding out hope that Sterling will at least partly fill the philanthropic void from the loss of First Independent.
A recent visit to Indonesia with the Darwin to Kupang Rally inspired the Dubins to harness the philanthropic potential of their cruising connections.
Maureen Hackett, Emily Crosswell, Patrick B Mulvey, Tom Moore and Michael D Delzotti were among those honored for their good work and support of philanthropic causes.
Pier 1 Stays Open, Philanthropic Wine at McCarren.
Would philanthropic endowments save newspapers—or destroy them.