philanthropist

noun
phi·​lan·​thro·​pist | \ fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pist \

Definition of philanthropist

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

Examples of philanthropist in a Sentence

Among his converts was Arthur Tappan, a New York textile merchant and philanthropist who sheltered and guided the development of the antislavery movement through its long early years by dint of sheer openhandedness. — Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, (1998) 2005 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 You had to admire it and admire the man, who sat now like a benign locust, his slender insectile body swamped in a black leather chair, leaning over the desk, all smiles, a parasite disguised as a philanthropist. — Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000 … a hundred-and-one-year-old Jewish philanthropist in Hartsdale named Henry J. Gaisman donated two and a quarter million dollars to the Archdiocese to purchase the property and preserve the integrity of the landmark. — Brendan Gill, New Yorker, 10 June 1991
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One day his widow, philanthropist Cindy McCain, drops by the office to discuss her work combating human trafficking (Klobuchar has backed several anti-trafficking bills). Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 Karlie Kloss Supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss sits on the board of Verizon subsidiary Oath with Serena, and spoke highly of her friend in an interview with the New York Times from march 2018. Harleen Sidhu, Teen Vogue, "10 Celebrities on How Serena Williams Inspires Them," 12 Dec. 2018 After the Second World War, thanks to a donation from philanthropist Kate Wollman, the world’s largest outdoor skating rink was completed north of the park’s Fifty-Ninth Street lake. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 But those take the form of long, difficult-to-parse tax documents, and crafty philanthropists can get around these requirements by starting up offshore foundations. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 Created in 1980, the annual Right Livelihood Award honors efforts that the prize founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel Prizes. Fox News, "3 Saudi human rights activists awarded "Alternative Nobel"," 24 Sep. 2018 And Charles Lewis, a philanthropist who has acknowledged supporting the group, lives in another lakefront mansion a few blocks north. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston plan to demolish Harley Clarke mansion: Public vision or hidden agendas?," 13 July 2018 Haarhoff acts for a non-profit group founded by American philanthropist Greg Carr that is collaborating with Mozambique’s government to rehabilitate Gorongosa National Park, a rich ecosystem whose animals are recovering after war and poaching. Washington Post, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 The duo is named for the late Helen Diller, a local philanthropist whose family funded the $10 million project. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Civic Center makeover: Here’s the plan to revamp the heart of SF," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of philanthropist

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for philanthropist

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philanthropist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of philanthropist

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

philanthropist

noun
phi·​lan·​thro·​pist | \ fə-ˈlan-thrə-pəst \

Kids Definition of philanthropist

: a person who gives generously to help other people

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