Beneficent is the type of act that helps others. If you're a beneficent person, you probably spend a lot of your time volunteering at soup kitchens or homeless shelters, helping people who are less fortunate than you are.

Beneficent shares the same root and sentiment with its fellow adjective, benevolent, which also means something that is good. The two words are so closely related that they also share the same Latin origin. Another related word, benefactor, is someone who gives support to an organization or institution or someone who takes care of another person. Kind, generous, and giving are all synonyms of beneficent.

Definitions of beneficent

adj doing or producing good

“the most beneficent regime in history”
exerting a favorable or beneficent influence
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
harmful or evil in intent or effect
baleful, baneful
deadly or sinister
evil, malefic, malevolent, malign
having or exerting a malignant influence
evil or harmful in nature or influence
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adj generous in assistance to the poor

benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropic
full of love and generosity

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