Definition of philanthropist
: one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare : a person who practices philanthropy
Examples of philanthropist in a Sentence
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
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
… 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
Recent Examples of philanthropist from the Web
The philanthropist, musician and film director bought it in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000.
The philanthropist and investor explained her deals to buy stakes in Anonymous Content, Macro and Ozy Media as part of an effort to build upon the work her firm does in immigration, education and environmental reform.
The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire investor and philanthropist releases a list of his five summer reading picks every year.
The guitar was owned by devoted Deadhead Daniel Pritzker, a philanthropist, musician and film director who bought the instrument in 2002 for $790,000.
The guitar is being sold by devoted Deadhead Daniel Pritzker, a philanthropist, musician and film director who bought the instrument in 2002 for $790,000.
Drewery is hoping philanthropist Paul Allen or one of the bands will take notice and perhaps buy and preserve the building.
Philanthropist Tom W. Jones, an avid supporter of education, donated the funds that allowed the library to purchase the Express boxes and return bins for Silver Grove and Melbourne.
San Diego philanthropists Doug and Geniya Manchester have given $1 million to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.
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Origin and Etymology of philanthropist
First Known Use: circa 1736
PHILANTHROPIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of philanthropist for English Language Learners
: a wealthy person who gives money and time to help make life better for other people
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Definition of philanthropist for Students
: a person who gives generously to help other people
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