Definitions: (1) characterized by or expressing kindly feelings; (2) desiring to help others; charitable

Derivation: Latin, “well wishing”

Synonyms: beneficent, benign, bounteous, congratulatory, generous, goodwilled, kindhearted, munificent, philanthropic

• Peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice. — Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) Portuguese philosopher
• Think of the universe as a benevolent parent. A child may want a tub of ice-cream and marshmallows, but a wise parent will give it fruits and vegetables instead. That is not what the child wants, but it is what the child needs. — Srikumar S. Rao (1951-) Indian excellence author

Observation: Only an advanced civilization recognizes a consistently even-tempered and benevolent God.