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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.

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. benevolence(n)

    Synonyms:
    beneficence, bounty, benignity, charity

How to use benevolence in a sentence?

  1. Rodong Sinmun:

    The recent inter-Korean high-level talks are a precious fruition of the new policy set forth by the respected Supreme Leader in his New Year Address to improve the north-south relations, he is a peerless patriot and the supreme incarnation of love and benevolence as he is creditably carrying forward the patriotic history with the same warm love for the nation and benevolence as those of the great leaders.

  2. Proverb:

    If charity cost nothing and benevolence caused no heartache, the world would be full of philanthropists.

  3. 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.

  4. Baruch Spinoza:

    Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

  5. Randolph Ray:

    Kindness is the life's blood, the elixir of marriage. Kindness makes the difference between passion and caring. Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love ... Kindness is good will. Kindness says, 'I want you to be happy.' Kindness comes very close to the benevolence of God.

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