What does the word benevolent mean?

Usage examples for benevolent

  1. In the afternoon we had a visit from a neighboring farmer, who, I believe, had been summoned with the benevolent intent that he should enlighten or entertain the stranger. – Border and Bastille by George A. Lawrence
  2. But it was said in respect to him that he was a benevolent gentleman; and but a year or two since very many in the neighbourhood would have declared him to be especially the poor man's friend. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  3. The Benevolent Lady had been in the House telling his Mother that it was a Glorious Privilege to wash for a Living. – Fables in Slang by George Ade