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

  • n. Benignity.

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  • n. benignity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Benignant quality; kindliness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Benignant quality or manner.

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

  • n. the quality of being kind and gentle

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Examples

  • He had a slight swagger, balanced by a certain benignancy.

    The Planet Strappers

  • There was a benignancy, a sweetness of demeanor, which attracted them to him, and while his name may not be sounded in the trump of fame, yet the subtile power of his gentleness and goodness has permeated many lives, will shape many destinies, and will have a force in the history of the world greater than that which will be exerted by many who will succeed him here.

    Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia) Delivered in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, Fifty-Second Congress, First Session

  • He showed stronger mettle than had been allowed him; bore a manlier part than was commonly ascribed to the slovenly slipshod habiliments and the aspects in which benignancy and vacillation seemed to struggle for the ascendancy.

    Marse Henry : an autobiography,

  • When I had ended he was looking at me with a benignancy that I had never seen before upon his face.

    Jacqueline of Golden River

  • She took his great toil-worn hand, and her hot tears fell on it, for his gentleness, his benignancy, had touched her deeply.

    The Valley of the Giants

  • She bore a striking resemblance to him and had inherited his handsome features a thousandfold, albeit her eyes were different, being large, brown, and wide apart; from them beamed a sweetness, a benignancy, and tenderness that, to the impressionable Farrel, bespoke mental as well as physical beauty.

    The Pride of Palomar

  • At the stations there were officers eating "Ztchee" soup and veal and drinking glasses of weak tea, there were endless mountains of hot meat pies; the ikons in the restaurants looked down with benignancy and indifference upon the food and the soldiers and beyond the station the light green trees blowing in the little wind; the choruses of the soldiers came from their trains as though it were the very voice of

    The Dark Forest

  • Under their benignancy no loss could befall, no fate miscarry -- for in his last thought he felt his vision opened, for the moment, to perceive a fine tracery of fate.

    The Gentleman from Indiana

  • When the Confederate armies are scattered; when their leaders are banished from power; when the people return to a late repentant sense of the wrong they have done to a government they never felt but in benignancy and blessing, —then the Constitution made for all will be felt by all, like the descending rains from heaven which bless all alike.

    His Reply to Breckenridge

  • He has a broad benignant brow, like Benjamin Franklin's; but his brooding eyes, golden, unfathomable, deny benignancy.

    Americans and Others

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