benevolent


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benevolent

adjective accommodating, affable, altruistic, amiable, amicable, bearing good will, benevolus, benign, big-hearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, complacent, condolent, considerate, cooperative, cordial, decent, disposed to good, doing good, empathetic, freehanded, friendly, full of good will, genial, good-humored, good natured, gracious, hospitable, humane, humanitarian, indulgent, kind, kindhearted, kindly, kindly disposed, liberal, magnanimous, merciful, munificent, neighborly, obliging, openhanded, softhearted, solicitous, supportive, sympathizing, tender, thoughtful, tolerant, ungrudging, unselfish, unsparing, unstinting, warm, warmhearted, well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant
Associated concepts: benevolent and charitable organization, benevolent and charitable purposes, benevolent association, benevolent corporation, benevolent institution, benevolent use, charitable corporation
See also: charitable, donative, generous, humane, lenient, liberal, meritorious, nonprofit, paternal, philanthropic, placable, propitious
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I meant to say, in short, that though you are benevolent and judicious you are none the less a despot.
In any case, he talked little; but his silence was affable and benevolent.
She opened her eyes, and saw the abbess, accompanied by a young woman with light hair and delicate complexion, who fixed upon her a look full of benevolent curiosity.
It was, your excellency; the benevolent abbe took an evident interest in all that concerned me.
Preparatory to the chase, they performed some religious rites, and offered up to the Great Spirit a few short prayers for safety and success; then, having received the blessings of their wives, they leaped upon their horses and departed, leaving the whole party of Christian spectators amazed and rebuked by this lesson of faith and dependence on a supreme and benevolent Being.
The young man smiled again, but the expression of his face was no longer mingled with a look of anguish; it was a kind benevolent gleam of gratitude and affection which crossed his ghastly features, like a ray of sunshine enlivening the gloom of a day in winter.
In fact, on one occasion, I intimated the propriety of a canine crusade to Mehevi; but the benevolent king would not consent to it.
Except to the attack on Nanny's cousin, Sir Thomas no longer made any objection, and a more respectable, though less economical rendezvous being accordingly substituted, everything was considered as settled, and the pleasures of so benevolent a scheme were already enjoyed.
She was a benevolent, charitable, good woman, and capable of strong attachments, most correct in her conduct, strict in her notions of decorum, and with manners that were held a standard of good-breeding.
But I know that my dearest little pets are very pretty, and that my darling is very beautiful, and that my husband is very handsome, and that my guardian has the brightest and most benevolent face that ever was seen, and that they can very well do without much beauty in me--even supposing--.
Benefit performances, poor pictures, statues, benevolent societies, gypsy choirs, schools, subscription dinners, sprees, Freemasons, churches, and books- no one and nothing met with a refusal from him, and had it not been for two friends who had borrowed large sums from him and taken him under their protection, he would have given everything away.
I contemplate at least a temporary withdrawal from the management of much business, whether benevolent or commercial.