Definition of benevolent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bəˈnevələnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bəˈnevələnt//
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  1. 1(formal) (especially of people in authority) kind, helpful and generous a benevolent smile/attitude belief in the existence of a benevolent god a benevolent dictatorship opposite malevolent See related entries: Kind
  2. 2used in the names of some organizations that give help and money to people in need the RAF Benevolent Fund
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French benivolent, from Latin bene volent- ‘well wishing’, from bene ‘well’ + velle ‘to wish’.Extra examples He was met by an elderly priest with a benevolent smile. She took a benevolent interest in her nieces’ education. The colonel was benevolent, but not stupid. They consider themselves to be benevolent employers, providing sick pay and pensions for all their workers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: benevolent