philanthropist


phi·lan·thro·pist

noun \fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pist\

: a wealthy person who gives money and time to help make life better for other people

Full Definition of PHILANTHROPIST

:  one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare :  a person who practices philanthropy

Examples of PHILANTHROPIST

  1. John D. was indisputably a great philanthropist. He took care of his family first, of course; but he founded the University of Chicago in 1892, the Rockefeller Institute (now Rockefeller University) in 1901, and the Rockefeller Foundation in 1911, and made other substantial gifts along the way. —Robert M. Solow, New Republic, 23 Dec. 2002

Origin of PHILANTHROPIST

(see philanthropy)
First Known Use: circa 1736

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