V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. not dangerous or harmful; 2. pleasant and gentle in disposition or appearance; 3. good or favorable
Synonyms: pleasant, friendly, kind, gentle, favorable, benevolent, harmless
Antonyms: malignant, harmful, dangerous, unkind, unfavorable
Tips: When learning the word benign, think, "beneficial." Benign is used in the medical field to describe non-cancerous growths or tumors. You will notice that the prefix "ben-" often precedes positive words like benign, benevolent, and benefactor. While the prefix "mal-" often proceeds negative words like malignant (the opposite of benign), malcontent, and malice.
The benign manner of the nurse put the little girl at ease during her visit to the doctor. (pleasant, friendly)
Ginger smiled benignly at her son as she placed a bandage on his cut. (kindly, gently) adverb
The doctor assuaged my worries when she told me that the tumor in my breast was most likely benign. (harmless)
He intended the practical joke to be benign, but his victim ended up hurt. (harmless, friendly)
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