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beneficent

ben·e·fi·cent

beneficent

 
 
pronunciation:
b ne fih snt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: tending to do good; kindly; charitable.
His beneficent aunt had not only taken him in but raised him lovingly as her own son.
antonyms:
baleful, mean
similar words:
benevolent, big, charitable, generous, good, propitious
definition 2: resulting in an improvement or advantage; beneficial.
antonyms:
maleficent
similar words:
beneficial
derivation: beneficently (adv.)
Word Parts
The word beneficent contains the following parts:
ben, bene, bon Latin root that means good, well
synonyms:
eu
antonyms:
mal, male
 
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".