phi·​lan·​thro·​pist | \ fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pist How to pronounce philanthropist (audio) \

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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The key player behind this reinvention is the philanthropist Maja Hoffmann. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Last night, Chanel conquered Manhattan in grand style and brought out the likes of Julianne Moore, Margot Robbie, and Penélope Cruz and joining them was philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bare Legs, the LSD, and a Late-Night Diner Run: Jessica Seinfeld Recaps Her Chanel Métiers d’Art Experience," 5 Dec. 2018 In addition to being a staple of American fashion for over 50 years, Lauren has also been a prominent philanthropist with a commitment to helping cancer patients access quality health care. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ralph Lauren Will Be the First American Designer to Receive an Honorary Knighthood," 15 Nov. 2018 Price, who promised to crack down on police officer misconduct and avoid prosecuting certain types of misdemeanors — including drunken driving — had support from social justice groups and billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley leads," 5 June 2018 Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros publicly questioned on Sunday whether the right-wing, anti-immigrant party received financing from Moscow. Fox News, "The Latest: Tunisia calls Italy diplomat over Salvini remark," 4 June 2018 The prime minister also joined the ranks of his regional peers, including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in accusing foreign actors such as billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros of fomenting unrest in a bid to oust them., "Slovak Leader’s Protege Quits With Cabinet’s Fate in the Balance," 31 Mar. 2018 Most recently Drue Heinz, a philanthropist and heiress to the Heinz fortune, lived in the four-story home, Curbed New York reports. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The 1920s New York Mansion of the Vanderbilts Is for Sale," 2 Feb. 2019 Although technology companies have bankrolled these projects to date, Watson is keen to urge philanthropists and the private sector to put up cash for the future. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of philanthropist

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for philanthropist

see philanthropy

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English Language Learners Definition of philanthropist

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


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: a person who gives generously to help other people

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