benignant

  • 1 Benignant — Be*nig nant, a. [LL. benignans, p. pr. of benignare, from L. benignus. See {Benign}.] Kind; gracious; favorable. {Be*nig nant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 benignant — index beneficial, charitable (lenient), philanthropic, propitious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 benignant — (adj.) c.1782, from BENIGN (Cf. benign) + ant (see ENT (Cf. ent)); on model of malignant. Related: Benignantly; benignancy …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 benignant — benign, *kind, kindly Analogous words: benevolent, humane, *charitable, humanitarian, philanthropic, eleemosynary: *gracious, affable: compassionate, *tender, sympathetic Antonyms: malignant Contrasted words: malevolent, spiteful, *malicious:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 benignant — [bi nig′nənt] adj. [< BENIGN, by analogy with MALIGNANT] 1. kindly or gracious, sometimes in a patronizing way 2. BENIGN (senses 2 & 3) benignancy n. pl. benignancies benignantly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 benignant — benignancy /bi nig neuhn see/, n. benignantly, adv. /bi nig neuhnt/, adj. 1. kind, esp. to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign. 2. exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president. 3. Pathol. benign.… …

    Universalium

  • 7 benignant — adjective Etymology: benign + ant (as in malignant) Date: circa 1782 1. serenely mild and kindly ; benign 2. favorable, beneficial < a benignant power > • benignantly adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 benignant — adjective /bəˈnɪɡnənt/ Kind; gracious; favorable. Here Nature appears in her richest attire, and Art, dressed with the modestest simplicity, attends her benignant mistress …

    Wiktionary

  • 9 benignant — be•nig•nant [[t]bɪˈnɪg nənt[/t]] adj. 1) benign; gracious: a benignant sovereign[/ex] 2) exerting a good influence; beneficial • Etymology: 1775–85; on the model of malignant be•nig′nan•cy, n. be•nig′nant•ly, adv …

    From formal English to slang

  • 10 benignant — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Affording benefit: advantageous, benefic, beneficent, beneficial, favorable, good, helpful, profitable, propitious, salutary, toward, useful. See HELP. 2. Characterized by kindness and concern for others:… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 benignant — be·nig·nant || bɪ nɪgnÉ™nt adj. kindly, mild, favorable …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 benignant — [bɪ nɪgnənt] adjective less common term for benign. Derivatives benignancy noun benignantly adverb …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 benignant — a. Kind. See benign …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 benignant — be·nig·nant …

    English syllables

  • 15 benignant — /bəˈnɪgnənt/ (say buh nignuhnt) adjective 1. kind, especially to inferiors; gracious. 2. exerting a good influence; beneficial. 3. Pathology benign. {blend of benign and malignant} –benignancy /bəˈnɪgnənsi/ (say buh nignuhnsee), noun –benignantly …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 benignant — adj. 1 kindly, esp. to inferiors. 2 salutary, beneficial. 3 Med. = BENIGN. Derivatives: benignancy n. benignantly adv. Etymology: f. BENIGN or L benignus, after malignant …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 Benignantly — Benignant Be*nig nant, a. [LL. benignans, p. pr. of benignare, from L. benignus. See {Benign}.] Kind; gracious; favorable. {Be*nig nant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 18 kind — n *type, sort, stripe, kidney, ilk, description, nature, character kind adj Kind, kindly, benign, benignant mean having or exhibiting a nature that is gentle, considerate, and inclined to benevolent or beneficent actions and are comparable… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 19 beneficent — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. bountiful, generous. See benevolence.Ant., miserly, ungenerous. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. benign, salutary, benevolent; see helpful 1 , kind . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Characterized …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 benign — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. benignant, gracious; favorable. See health, benevolence.Ant., sinister, harmful. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Kind or beneficial] Syn. good, gracious, kindly, favorable; see kind . 2. [Harmless] Syn.… …

    English dictionary for students


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.