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Antonyms for benevolence
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolence(noun)

    disposition to do good

    Antonyms:
    malevolence, malignity

    Synonyms:
    benefaction

  2. benevolence(noun)

    an inclination to do kind or charitable acts

    Antonyms:
    malignity, malevolence

    Synonyms:
    benefaction

  3. benevolence, benefaction(noun)

    an act intending or showing kindness and good will

    Antonyms:
    malignity, malevolence

    Synonyms:
    benefaction

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. benevolence

    According to the etymology and original usage, beneficence is the doing well, benevolence the wishing or willing well to others; but benevolence has come to include beneficence, and to displace it. We should not now speak of benevolence which did not help, unless where there was no power to help; even then we should rather say good-will or sympathy. Charity, which originally meant the purest love for God and man (as in 1 Cor. xiii), is now almost universally applied to some form of almsgiving, and is much more limited in meaning than benevolence. Benignity suggests some occult power of blessing, such as was formerly ascribed to the stars; we may say a good man has an air of benignity. Kindness and tenderness are personal; benevolence and charity are general. Kindness extends to all sentient beings, whether men or animals, in prosperity or in distress. Tenderness especially goes out toward the young, feeble, and needy, or even to the dead. Humanity is so much kindness and tenderness toward man or beast as it would be inhuman not to have; we say of some act of care or kindness, "common humanity requires it." Generosity is self-forgetful kindness in disposition or action; it includes much besides giving; as, the generosity of forgiveness. Bounty applies to ample giving, which on a larger scale is expressed by munificence. Liberality indicates broad, genial kindly views, whether manifested in gifts or otherwise. We speak of the bounty of a generous host, the liberality or munificence of the founder of a college, or of the liberality of a theologian toward the holders of conflicting beliefs. Philanthropy applies to wide schemes for human welfare, often, but not always, involving large expenditures in charity or benevolence. Compare MERCY.

    Antonyms:
    barbarity, brutality, churlishness, greediness, harshness, ill-will, illiberality, inhumanity, malevolence, malignity, niggardliness, self-seeking, selfishness, stinginess, unkindness

    Synonyms:
    almsgiving, beneficence, benignity, bounty, charity, generosity, good-will, humanity, kind-heartedness, kindliness, kindness, liberality, munificence, philanthropy, sympathy, unselfishness

    Preposition:
    Benevolence of, on the part of, or from the wealthy, to or toward the poor.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. benevolence

    Antonyms:
    unkindness, harshness, barbarity, niggardliness, maleficence, malignity, illiberality, ill-will, churlishness

    Synonyms:
    kindness, goodwill, charity, philanthropy, kindliness, kind-heartedness, benignity, beneficence, liberality

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. benevolence(n)

    Synonyms:
    beneficence, bounty, benignity, charity

How to use benevolence in a sentence?

  1. Adam Smith:

    It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages.

  2. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man 1871:

    Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Lack of moral purity and benevolence in thoughts reflect human's devilishness; thus, such ones, who carry the beard on their Face and Paternoster in their hands; indeed, they pretend. Consequently, the prayers of those also stay on selfishness and become ineffective too.

  4. Omar Suleimanof Irving:

    We pray for peace, not war. Love, not hate. Benevolence, not greed.Unity, not division, and, we commit ourselves to not betraying our prayers with actions that contradict them.

  5. John Randolph:

    The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men.

How to pronounce benevolence?

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How to say benevolence in sign language?

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#38769selfishness
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#74318inhumanity
#108868barbarity
#110925malevolence
#194788greediness
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