906. Benevolence.

906. Benevolence.NOUN. benevolence, Christian charity; God’s love, God’s grace; good will; philanthropy &c. 910; unselfishness &c. 942.

good nature, good feeling, good wishes; kindness, kindliness &c. adj.; loving-kindness, benignity, brotherly love, charity, humanity, fellow-feeling, sympathy: goodness of heart, warmth of heart; bonhomie; kind- heartedness; amiability, milk of human kindness, tenderness; love &c. 897; friendship &c. 888.

toleration, consideration, generosity; mercy &c. (pity) 914.

charitableness &c. adj.; bounty, almsgiving; good works, beneficence, “the luxury of doing good” [Goldsmith].

acts of kindness, a good turn; good offices, kind offices good treatment, kind treatment.

good Samaritan, sympathizer, bon enfant [Fr.]; altruist.

VERB. be benevolent &c. adj.; have one’s heart in the right place, bear good will; wish well, wish Godspeed; view with an eye of favour, regard with an eye of favour; take in good part; take an interest in, feel an interest in; be interested in, feel interested in; sympathize with, empathize with, feel for; fraternize &c. (be friendly) 888.

enter into the feelings of others, do as you would be done by, meet halfway.

treat well; give comfort, smooth the bed of death; do good, do a good turn; benefit &c. (goodness) 648; render a service, be of use; aid &c. 707.

ADJ. benevolent; kind, kindly; well-meaning; amiable; obliging, accommodating, indulgent, gracious, complacent, good-humoured.

warm-hearted, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, large-hearted, broad-hearted; merciful &c. 914; charitable, beneficent, humane, benignant; bounteous, bountiful.

good-natured, well-natured; spleenless; sympathizing, sympathetic; complaisant &c. (courteous) 894; well-meant, well-intentioned.

fatherly, motherly, brotherly, sisterly; paternal, maternal, fraternal; sororal; friendly &c. 888.

ADV. with a good intention, with the best intentions.

INT. Godspeed! much good may it do!

PHR. “act a charity sometimes” [Lamb]; “a tender heart, a will inflexible” [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]; de mortuis nil nisi bonum [Lat: say only good things about the dead, don’t speak ill of the dead]; “kind words are more than coronets” [Alfred Lord Tennyson]; quando amigo pide no hay manana [Lat.]; “the social smile, the sympathetic tear” [Gray].

Vincit malos pertinax bonitas. [Lat.] {Seneca—De Beneficiis. VII. 31. “The wicked are conquered by persistent kindness.” }.

Le conquérant est craint, le sage est estimé, / Mais le bienfaiteur plait, et lui seul est aimé. [Fr.] {Proverb“The conqueror is feared, the man of learning respected; but it is the benevolent man who wins our affections, and he alone is beloved.” }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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