Definition of


  1. (adj, all) pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
    the benign sky
    the benign influence of pure air
  2. (adj, all) kindness of disposition or manner
    benign intentions
  3. (adj, all) not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)

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Synonyms of Benign


Antonyms of Benign

malign, malignant

Alternate forms of Benign

Derivations: benignancy, benignity

Origin of the word Benign

  1. early 14c., from O.Fr. benigne (12c., "kind, benign, merciful, gracious;" Mod.Fr. b?nin, fem. b?nigne), from L. benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," lit. "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth" (see genus). For similar sense evolution, cf. gentle, kind (adj.), genero… more

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