Definition of benignity in English:



mass noun
  • 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. 1.1archaic count noun An act of kindness.


Late Middle English: from Old French benignite or Latin benignitas, from benignus (see benign).