• WordNet 3.6
    • n philanthropist someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, in California, also serves as a tomb. The 36-inch refracting telescope is mounted on a pillar that contains the remains of Jack Lick, who died in 1876. Lick was a wealthy financier and philanthropist who financed the construction of the observatory that bears his name.
    • n Philanthropist One who practices philanthropy; one who loves mankind, and seeks to promote the good of others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n philanthropist One who is actuated by a philanthropic spirit; one who loves mankind, or wishes well to his fellow-men and endeavors to benefit them by active works of benevolence or beneficence; one who from philanthropic motives endeavors to do good to his fellows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Philanthropist one who tries to benefit mankind
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Philanthropist. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “He is one of those wise philanthropists who, in a time of famine, would vote for nothing, but a supply of toothpicks.”
  • Sylvester Stallone
    Sylvester Stallone
    “Rambo isn't violent. I see Rambo as a philanthropist.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; loving + man: cf. F. philanthrope,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. philanthrōpiaphilos, loving, anthrōpos, a man.


In literature:

We take the examples offered in Great Britain, where it has never come up to the expectations of philanthropists.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 433" by Various
A man is not necessarily a philanthropist, it seems, because he tills the soil.
"Stories of Achievement, Volume IV (of 6)" by Various
The agents who are to direct the State action are, of course, the reformers and philanthropists.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
And just so with those philanthropists.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
There is a dog living on Staten Island, who has for some time been acting the part of a philanthropist, on a large scale.
"Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match" by Francis C. Woodworth
His friend, a would-be philanthropist, replied that he would not assist him if he pursued such studies.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
He was a practical philanthropist.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
Men are but men, and the philanthropist weeps over their frailties.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Mr. Thomas Corbett is a philanthropist of the most practical kind.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
As philanthropists millionnaires are generally great failures.
"The Arena" by Various

In poetry:

In due course of time that philanthropist died,
And all San Francisco, and Oakland beside—
Save only the lawyers—came each with his claim,
The lawyers preferring to manage the same.
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce
But contemplation hence recall,
Visit now Russia's capital,
And speak th' illustrious name
Of Howard --here, lov'd and admir'd,
That great philanthropist expir'd--
How justly earn'd his fame!
"Enigma XXII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
I knew an old philanthropist, a farming man was he,
Shrewd at a deal, but still withal a man of charity.
He had three sons - three hefty lads - Josiah, Jim and Joe,
And each of these had his own land, and made a goodly show.
"Dad's Philanthropic Plan" by C J Dennis
Wherefore this old philanthropist, this shrewd old farming man,
He sat him down and pondered long, and thus evolved a plan -
A simple scheme, beneficent, and calculated so
That it would guard the interests of Josiah, Jim and Joe.
"Dad's Philanthropic Plan" by C J Dennis
Next, like a plague, loquacious men of marked civility
Swooped down, from heaven alone knows where, upon the presbytery;
Each bird of prey a cushat dove in downy meekness dressed,
And each a fine philanthropist to save him from the rest.
"My Curate's Motor Bike" by John O Brien

In news:

After taking a hit of $4 billion in the recent financial turmoil, conservative philanthropist and Freedom's Watch-backer Sheldon Adelson is no longer the third wealthiest person in the United States, according to a revised Forbes ' list.
I can't make up my mind about "The Philanthropist ".
Honoring a young philanthropist .
Stubborn Philanthropist Wins Queen's County.
Evansville philanthropist wins Mayor's Arts Award.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center philanthropist assisted her husband in his automobile terminal business.
Local Philanthropist Gives Back To Community.
Philanthropist makes Philly museum a $40M offer.
Jack Benaroya, the philanthropist and developer for whom Seattle's symphony hall was named, has died at age 90.
Young Vero Beach philanthropist to be recognized for work helping homeless.
Dennis Avery, an international philanthropist and heir to the Avery Dennison fortune, has died.
Philanthropist Louise Nippert dies at 100.
McNamara Jr, trial attorney, philanthropist .
McNamara Jr, a prominent Connecticut trial attorney and philanthropist , and step-father of Michael J (and Leslie) Magner of Weston, died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Vero Beach, Fla. McNamara Jr was born in Boston, Mass.
Philanthropist Abbie Madden dies at age 82.