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Definition kindly, mild, or harmless
  • She predicts benign economic conditions through next year.
benign = mild or favorable (kind)
  • She has the power to crush me, but is benign by nature.
  • benign = kind or harmless
  • 80% of tumors are benign.
  • His face was fatherly and benign, and his eyes twinkled with friendship.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • benign = kindly
  • One morning in the beginning of December, Dr. O'Holleran called me at home with strange news: not only was the tissue benign; it was entirely normal.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • benign = harmless (not cancer)
  • And beneath his benign reply, I sense a warning.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • benign = mild — seeming harmless
  • They don't know whether his weirdness is benign or not.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • benign = harmless
  • It has apparently mutated to a benign form.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • benign = harmless
  • His intentions were benign.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • benign = kindly, mild, or harmless
  • ... and it seemed to me that they looked on me benignly...
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • benignly = kindly
  • The belly of the plane groaned open and we were delivered abruptly into the benign spring air of Fort Benning, Georgia.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • benign = mild and harmless
  • I could see ... the overgrown path I had taken, benign enough in the daylight.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • benign = mild or harmless
  • His air is that of a benign and learned mathematician about to be quizzed by a schoolboy on matters of short division.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • benign = kindly or harmless
  • Now Zeus who drives the stormcloud said benignly:  "Here is how I should do it, little brother..."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • benignly = kindly or mildly
  • He'd been in a so-called "closed-air bassinette," which is a more benign description of an incubator.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • benign = kindly, mild, or harmless
  • The community, relieved from its discomfort very slightly by her benign statement, seemed to breathe more easily.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • benign = kind, mild, or harmless
  • The New England states use a terse form of instruction... New York State shouts at you the whole time. Do this. Do that. ... Every few feet an imperious command. In Ohio the signs are more benign. They offer friendly advice, and are more like suggestions.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • benign = kindly or mild
  • There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore's face,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • benign = kindly
  • The speaker's hands were folded benignly on his chest.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • benignly = mildly or harmlessly
  • she was only another lady in the neighborhood, but a relatively benign presence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
benign = harmless (kind or mild)

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