BENIGN in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of BENIGN
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benign
 a.  kindly; favorable; not malignant
Classic Sentence: (17 in 2 pages)
1  Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVIII
2  Interpreting Hester Prynne's deportment as an appeal of this nature, society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIII. ANOTHER VIEW OF HESTER
3  Things are going to get so bad under the benign rule of our good friend Rufus Bullock that Georgia is going to vomit him up.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLIX
4  This remark was not calculated to make Edward or Elinor more easy, nor to conciliate the good will of Lucy, who looked up at Marianne with no very benignant expression.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 35
5  He had a fatherly, benignant way of showing his fondness for her, which seemed in itself to express a good man.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 16. I AM A NEW BOY IN MORE SENSES THAN ONE
6  He was nursing the baby, and appeared to be a benignant member of society.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 52. I ASSIST AT AN EXPLOSION
7  No notice was taken of Amy's flight, except by her mates, but the sharp-eyed demoiselles discovered that Mr. Davis was quite benignant in the afternoon, also unusually nervous.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER SEVEN
8  As His disciple I adopt His pure, His merciful, His benignant doctrines.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
9  "Here I am, pursuing you remorselessly," he said with a benignant smile.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 18. The Treasure.
10  He wore a silk hat and a rich soft overcoat with a fur collar; and he smiled at Jurgis with benignant sympathy.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 24
11  On her deathbed the fortitude and benignity of this best of women did not desert her.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 3
12  The wild child, afloat once more on the tide of the old man's benignity, looked over her coffee cup at Giles, with whom she felt in conspiracy.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 4
13  The good man contemplated the idiot benignly.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 11
14  'Certainly, my boy; certainly,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat: smiling benignly, and patting Noah's head, which was about three inches higher than his own.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
15  I did not quite perceive the application of this fact to myself, but I smiled on Mrs. Crupp, as benignly as was in my power.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 26. I FALL INTO CAPTIVITY
Example Sentence:
1  They are normally a more benign audience.
2  They enjoyed an especially benign climate.
3  Though her benign smile and gentle bearing made Miss Marple seem a sweet little old lady, in reality she was a tough-minded lady.
4  The benign explanation is that much of it reflects demographic trends, particularly the aging and early retirement of baby boomers.