Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a benevolent manner; with good will; kindly.

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  • adverb In a benevolent manner.

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  • adverb in a benevolent manner

Etymologies

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benevolent +‎ -ly

Examples

  • On one hand we have a no-book-readin' presidential jock - George Bush - now 'benevolently' promising to dole out "assets and resources" in the wake of a Category 4/5 hurricane.

    Tsunamis 26-dec-2004

  • Germans tried in every way to block the project for it interfered with their scheme to "benevolently" assimilate Angola.

    An African Adventure

  • The Vatican stressed that the pope had lifted the excommunication of Williamson and three other traditionalist bishops '' benevolently '' as a result of repeated requests by the society to which the bishops belong as a precursor to bringing the breakaway group back to the Church.

    Clerical Whispers

  • A parent striking a child, any socializer striking any learner, of any age, however "benevolently," short circuits interpersonal resonance †"disconnects the dancers.

    Hitting Doesn't Make Kids Better or Stronger

  • A parent striking a child, any socializer striking any learner, of any age, however "benevolently," short circuits interpersonal resonance †"disconnects the dancers.

    Hitting Doesn't Make Kids Better or Stronger

  • The worn but spit-shined sanctuary is silent this weekday morning and the life-size statues of La Virgen de Guadalupe and St. Jude, aglow in shadowy candlelight, gaze benevolently out of their gaudy, flower-bedecked encasements.

    American Grace

  • Those who did not called themselves the Serim chose to rule “benevolently” over humans and lived their lives in a way that they hoped would someday return them to Heaven.

    My Fair Succubi

  • Those who did not called themselves the Serim chose to rule “benevolently” over humans and lived their lives in a way that they hoped would someday return them to Heaven.

    My Fair Succubi

  • David Fincher, I benevolently grant you permission to accept this award.

    Live blog: The Golden Globes – live! | Hadley Freeman

  • Those who did not called themselves the Serim chose to rule “benevolently” over humans and lived their lives in a way that they hoped would someday return them to Heaven.

    My Fair Succubi

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