V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a tendency to do good or generous things

Synonyms: good, kind, generous, altruistic, charitable, compassionate

Antonyms: malevolent, evil, selfish, insensitive, unfeeling, unkind

Tips: The related noun benevolence denotes kindness, generosity, and compassion. Notice the root bene, meaning "good," in both benevolence and benefactor. Think, "The benevolent (kind, generous) benefactor (sponsor, contributor) left all of his money to the children's hospital."

Usage Examples:

He was a benevolent man, determined to do what he could to make life easier and happier for others. (kind, compassionate)

John didn't have a selfish bone in his body, and his benevolence won him many friends and admirers. (kindness, generosity) noun

I would hardly characterize him as benevolent; I think his kindness is just an act used to manipulate others. (altruistic, kind)

Her benevolence was recognized when the charity presented her with an award for her kindness and generosity. (kindness, compassion) noun

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