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beneficent

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
  1. adjective
    doing or producing good
    “the most beneficent regime in history”
    Synonyms:
    benefic
    exerting a favorable or beneficent influence
    kind
    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
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    Antonyms:
    maleficent
    harmful or evil in intent or effect
    baleful, baneful
    deadly or sinister
    evil, malefic, malevolent, malign
    having or exerting a malignant influence
    malign
    evil or harmful in nature or influence
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  2. adjective
    generous in assistance to the poor
    synonyms: benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropic
    charitable
    full of love and generosity
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