Definitions

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  • adv. In a benignant manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a benignant manner; with kindly or gracious manner or intent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a benign manner

Etymologies

benignant +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first clause of the instructions is to the effect, that the Indians of the islands are to be brought into peace and quietude, being reduced into subjection "benignantly;" and also, as the principal end of the conquest, that they be converted to the sacred Catholic Faith, and have the holy

    The Life of Columbus

  • He looked at them sweetly and benignantly, and it seemed to them that they received a message from his tremendous certitude of soul.

    THE SEED OF McCOY

  • And Malemute Kid smiled benignantly through the clouds of steam.

    TO THE MAN ON THE TRAIL

  • ‘That’s what I say,’ retorted the collector, patting him benignantly on the side of the head with his umbrella; ‘just what I say.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • Office, which is so benignantly interested in the various transactions of human life, looking down upon our Union; and there is the Archbishop of

    David Copperfield

  • With these accompaniments we were left alone to finish the evening, my aunt sitting opposite to me drinking her wine and water; soaking her strips of toast in it, one by one, before eating them; and looking benignantly on me, from among the borders of her nightcap.

    David Copperfield

  • He panted for breath, and looked benignantly round upon his friends.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • Having done this, Bob replaced the cork with great care, and looking benignantly down on Mr. Pickwick, took a large bite out of the sandwich, and smiled.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • As this looked promising, Mr Tapley smiled benignantly.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • You could find them breaking specimens from the dilapidated tomb of Romeo and Juliet at Padua—and infesting the picture-galleries of Florence—and risking their necks on the Leaning Tower of Pisa—and snuffing sulphur fumes on the summit of Vesuvius…and you might see them with spectacles on and blue cotton umbrellas under their arms benignantly contemplating Rome from the venerable arches of the Coliseum.15

    Mark Twain

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