Kind and well-intentioned, often with a desire to help or do good to others.


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Part of speech



Altruistic, charitable, magnanimous, philanthropic, unselfish


Malicious, malevolent, unkind, ungenerous, selfish

Example sentences:

  • The benevolent organization provided food and shelter for the homeless.
  • The old lady had a benevolent smile that lit up her face.
  • The benevolent donor made a large contribution to the school to help underprivileged children.


The word “benevolent” comes from the Latin word “benevolentia,” which means “good will.” The root word “bene” means “good,” while the suffix “-volent” means “willing” or “disposed.” Someone who is benevolent is characterized by their desire to do good and help others. A benevolent act is one that is motivated by a desire to benefit others rather than oneself. This word is often used to describe charitable organizations or individuals who work to help others.