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."

Usage Examples:

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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