Definition of philanthropist in English:



  • A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

    ‘the trust was founded by an American philanthropist’
    • ‘He also established himself as one of the city's most generous philanthropists.’
    • ‘In Britain disaster funds tend to be contributed to by just a small group of wealthy philanthropists and then a mass of individuals, many of whom are the least able to afford their generosity.’
    • ‘There are many philanthropists and ordinary altruistic people who would contribute.’
    • ‘We're also connecting new patrons and emerging philanthropists with emerging artists and arts groups.’
    • ‘As philanthropists, they have contributed to the development of medical and social care in many corners of the world.’
    • ‘He is seeking the help of philanthropists, who can sponsor his son, Hargobind.’
    • ‘Many philanthropists donate money specifically for buildings or endowed professorships that bear their names.’
    • ‘There are generous philanthropists and organisations ready to help them achieve their targets and on their part they never fail in meeting their goals.’
    • ‘Hence, the Lords also sold posters and buttons and secured donations from philanthropists and local businesses.’
    • ‘Heinz Kerry is also a generous philanthropist, often to highly political outfits.’
    • ‘Some of the inmates are from well-to-do families and they pay for their stay, while others benefit from sponsorship by philanthropists.’
    • ‘They all patently love and cherish the objects entrusted to them by Victorian philanthropists and municipal benefactors.’
    • ‘Taxpayers and philanthropists pay large amounts of money to keep the university well equipped with the latest gear.’
    • ‘Baker-Smith was a philanthropist even at the age of 15 and used borrowed money to buy up art works at the annual end of year art exhibitions.’
    • ‘The organisation is also looking for donations from philanthropists for a suitable site here to have its own building.’
    • ‘Some philanthropists established newspapers to act as the guardian of the common man, while others did all they could to encourage the growth of universal education.’
    • ‘Early donations came from several philanthropists and appeals were made to members and friends.’
    • ‘Evenings such as this not only bring in funds, but also bring together philanthropists willing to give their time and money for a worthy cause.’
    • ‘The Association is looking for philanthropists who could donate money to pay out salary for an English teacher.’
    • ‘Thanks to his contributions and those from other philanthropists, Colonial Williamsburg can now operate as a not-for-profit educational facility.’
    benefactor, benefactress, humanitarian, patron, patroness, donor, contributor, giver, sponsor, backer, helper, altruist, good samaritan
    do-gooder, lady bountiful
    philanthrope, maecenas
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