benignant

adjective
be·​nig·​nant | \ bi-ˈnig-nənt How to pronounce benignant (audio) \

Definition of benignant

1 : serenely mild and kindly : benign
2 : favorable, beneficial a benignant power

Other Words from benignant

benignantly adverb

Examples of benignant in a Sentence

a benignant understanding of the daily struggles of the economically disadvantaged firmly believes that religion is a benignant force in society

First Known Use of benignant

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benignant

benign + -ant (as in malignant)

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“Benignant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benignant. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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