• 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 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