- Antonyms of BENEVOLENT
cruel, hateful, malevolent, mean, merciless, miserly, selfish, spiteful, stingy, unkind, atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, bestial, brutal, brute, brutish, callous, cheap, closefisted, cold-blooded, cruel, grim, hard-boiled, harsh, hateful, heartless, heavy-handed, inconsiderate, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, insensitive, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, merciless, miserly, nasty, niggardly, parsimonious, pitiless, ruthless, sadistic, savage, self-centered, self-indulgent, self-seeking, selfish, severe, spiteful, stern, stingy, stonyhearted, thoughtless, tight, tightfisted, tough, truculent, uncaring, uncharitable, uncompassionate, unfeeling, ungenerous, unkind, unkindly, unsentimental, unsympathetic, unthinking, vicious, virulent, wanton, Fiendish, Hard-hearted, ironhearted, self-concerned, self-obsessed.
- Examples of usage:
- Minard and his wife were exceedingly benevolent - "The Lesser Bourgeoisie" by Honore de Balzac
- But I am benevolent in the exercise of my power - "Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
- We are quite sure that children begin with loving others quite as intensely as they love themselves forgetting themselves in their love of others if they only have as fair a chance of being benevolent and self sacrificing as of being selfish - "Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy." by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann