V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: someone who gives charitable contributions in order to help humankind
Synonyms: donor, contributor, backer, supporter, altruist, patron, humanitarian
Antonyms: misanthrope, miser
Tips: Philanthropist is derived from the Greek phil, "loving" and anthropos, "mankind." Philanthropists give charitable contributions because they love and want to help mankind. The word philanthropy means "charity or patronage."
The philanthropist gave millions for the community center to be built. (donor, contributor)
If it weren't for her generosity and philanthropy, the art exhibit would not have opened. (charity, support, patronage)
He was remembered as a shrewd businessman and a generous philanthropist. (altruist, humanitarian)
She made a career out of being a philanthropist and was involved with several different charities. (patron, supporter, contributor)
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