benignant

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Etymology[edit]

From benign, on the model of malignant.

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Adjective[edit]

benignant (comparative more benignant, superlative most benignant)

  1. (now rare) Kind; gracious; favorable.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 417:
      Here Nature appears in her richest attire, and Art, dressed with the modestest simplicity, attends her benignant mistress.