- showing beneficence; doing good
- resulting in benefit
The definition of beneficent is someone who does good, or something that results in good being done.
A volunteer who gives money and helps in soup kitchens is an example of someone who is beneficent.
- Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
- Producing benefit; beneficial.
Origin of beneficentProbably from beneficence on the model of such pairs as benevolent benevolence
(comparative more beneficent, superlative most beneficent)
- The picture of Egypt under Mehemet Ali is nevertheless not complete without regard being had to the beneficent side of his rule.
- But they are not without benevolent and beneficent attributes.
- Under his severe but beneficent rule, Germany enjoyed, a period of internal quiet such as she had probably never experienced before, but even Henry could not permanently divert from its course the main political tendency of the age, the desire of the great feudal lords for independence.
- He is a beneficent and venerable old man of the sea, full of wisdom and skilled in prophecy, but, like Proteus, he will only reveal what he knows under compulsion.
- Of all these interventions the most justifiable and beneficent, perhaps, was that which related to the Swiss cantons.