benevolent

Choose the adjective benevolent for someone who does good deeds or shows goodwill. If your teacher collects homework with a benevolent smile, she's hoping that you've done a good job.

Benevolent comes from the Latin bene "well" and volent from the verb "to wish" so you can imagine that this word brings goodness with it. A benevolent society is a charity group organized to serve a community through programs, sponsorships and donations. The expression, benevolent dictatorship, may seem like an oxymoron, but it is a political term for an authoritative government that works for the good of the people under its rule.

DEFINITIONS OF: benevolent

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adj showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

Synonyms:
charitable, good-hearted, kindly, large-hearted, openhearted, sympathetic
kind
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

adj intending or showing kindness

“a benevolent society”

adj generous in providing aid to others

Synonyms:
freehearted
generous
willing to give and share unstintingly

adj generous in assistance to the poor

“a benevolent contributor”
Synonyms:
beneficent, eleemosynary, philanthropic
charitable
full of love and generosity
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