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Definition doing or producing good — especially generous in assistance to the poor
  • the most beneficent regime in history
  • But in that same year in which the Tisroc (may he live for ever) began his august and beneficent reign, on a night when the moon was at her full, it pleased the gods to deprive me of my sleep.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • beneficent = beneficial (producing good)
  • Jane! you think me, I daresay, an irreligious dog: but my heart swells with gratitude to the beneficent God of this earth just now.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Russia is your example of a beneficent violence, I suppose?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • My mother .... was a minister of blessing to all human beings within her sphere of action...... She had no feelings but of kindness and beneficence.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "An't'ing yehs wants, damn it," repeated he, waving his hands with beneficent recklessness.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • So She's an old bag and I mean no disrespect; I salute a beneficent balance between two things She must be to do her job.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • It was odd how quickly the serenity of beneficence wore off.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • I was a dangerous man until I had my will: now I am a useful, beneficent, kindly person.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • As I was reintroduced to her, she sipped at her little bottle of dark brownish-red liquid and smiled beneficently.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • I could see his beneficent purpose, by the side glances which he threw from time to time at Harker.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim," he began, "In the name of Allah Almighty, the Beneficent, the Merciful."
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • How beneficent these Fremen to bring her into the fold of such companionship.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Quiteria belonged to Basilio and Basilio to Quiteria by the just and beneficent disposal of heaven.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Thriftless gives, not from a beneficent pleasure in giving, but from a lazy delight in spending.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Where did he find the strength, and how had he won the beneficence of strangers?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • — Matthew XII:12 In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful .... whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • We are escorted on every hand through life by spiritual agents, and a beneficent purpose lies in wait for us.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • On either side the fields were beneficently tranquil; the space through which the cavalcade moved was high and limitless.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He remembered his medicine, rose, took it, and lay down on his back watching for the beneficent action of the medicine and for it to lessen the pain.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych

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