One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Kindness or tolerance toward others.‘his air of benignity’
- ‘Henry never interfered with anyone's judgment, and indeed had an air of benignity when he made points in the form of suggestions.’
- ‘A calcified central nidus, a laminated pattern, diffuse calcifications or a ‘popcorn’ pattern all suggest benignity.’
- ‘And if, in the depiction of our trade, perceptions of our benignity and those of our power have been locked in a dispiritingly inverse relationship, what, if anything, can be done?’
- ‘So, did it take a row over a ban on journalists to enable him to penetrate the secret that the regime is not a model of benignity?’
- ‘He was by all accounts a saintly man, and his own benignity surely informed his understanding of film and what he saw as its realist mission.’
- ‘It is the state of tranquility, benignity and without comparison.’
- ‘There was a wonderful air of benignity and patronage in his manner.’
- ‘Despite their histologic benignity, sinonasal papillomas have a small but definite potential for malignant transformation.’
- ‘It is better than a deluded belief in a non-existent benignity amongst our global neighbors.’
- ‘Such men have some rights it is true, such as the law in its benignity accords them, but not the rights of freemen.’
- ‘You trust that your motivation was based with benignity and not coupled with conceit.’
- ‘She presides over her uptown domain with benignity, unpredictable wit, two-fisted pugnaciousness, and a remarkable insight into the human condition.’
- ‘The lawyer's overall benignity towards him is emphasized by contrast with his behavior.’
- ‘"He did not convey an air of benignity," one historian of the University has said; "in fact, he gave the impression of toughness."’
- ‘He was bountiful to the poor and like a father to widows, and with benignity guided his people ever to righteousness, and controlled the violent, and lived happily in the true faith.’
- ‘Plodding of that type seldom facilitates benignity, genial tolerance towards opponents, or leisurely musings on the joys of artistic creation.’
- 1.1archaic count noun An act of kindness.
Late Middle English: from Old French benignite or Latin benignitas, from benignus (see benign).
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