Etymology
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benignant (adj.)

"kind, gracious, favorable," 1739, from benign on model of its opposite, malignant. From 1790 as "exerting a good influence." Related: Benignantly; benignancy.

updated on May 25, 2017

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Definitions of benignant from WordNet

benignant (adj.)
characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects;
our benignant king
Synonyms: gracious
benignant (adj.)
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence;
Synonyms: benign
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