Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being kind and gentle.
  • n. A kindly or gracious act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being benign.
  • n. A benign act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being benign; goodness; kindness; graciousness.
  • n. Mildness; gentleness.
  • n. Salubrity; wholesome quality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being benign; goodness of disposition; kindness of nature; graciousness; beneficence.
  • n. Mildness; want of severity.
  • n. A benign or beneficent deed; a kindness.

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

  • n. a kind act
  • n. the quality of being kind and gentle

Etymologies

From Latin benignitās. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (link) Incidentally, the St. Paul Saints baseball team being a minor league team benefits from the work Mr. Killebrew started with Castor and Pollux, Artemis and Apollo, and a few other sets of Twins, so for them the fuzzy benignity is enough because they have the bigger organization offering them more protection.

    mrissa: Minicon report, with digressions

  • Althea recalled the benignity of Helen's eyes as they dwelt upon him, her smile, startled, almost touched, when some quaint, telling phrase revealed him suddenly as an unconscious torch-bearer in a dusky, self-deceiving world.

    Franklin Kane

  • She developed benignity with him, and a kind of benignity which was almost playful — actually before tea was over including in some observation she made him the words 'My dear boy.'

    A Different Stripe:

  • Both these advances of goodness may also be appropriately denominated "benignity," or

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • She developed benignity with him, and a kind of benignity which was almost playful – actually before tea was over including in some observation she made him the words "My dear boy."

    The Enchanted April

  • She developed benignity with him, and a kind of benignity which was almost playful -- actually before tea was over including in some observation she made him the words "My dear boy."

    The Enchanted April

  • "benignity" of his expression, and how in him it seemed that "great strength of character and obstinate determination were united with extreme gentleness of disposition and with absolute tenderness towards all about him."

    Abraham Lincoln

  • On her death-bed the fortitude and benignity of this best of women did not desert her.

    Chapter 3

  • On her death-bed the fortitude and benignity of this admirable woman did not desert her.

    Chapter 2

  • I contemplated would, in regarding me, have changed that air of divine benignity to one expressive of disgust and affright.

    Chapter 16

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