AskDefine | Define beneficent

Dictionary Definition

beneficent adj
1 doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history" [ant: maleficent]
2 doing or producing good [syn: benevolent, gracious]
3 generous in assistance to the poor; "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions" [syn: benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropic]

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  1. Given to acts that are kind, charitable, philanthropic or beneficial.



Extensive Definition

Beneficient Congregational Church is a United Church of Christ congregation of Congregationalist heritage in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, founded in 1743 during the "First Great Awakening".
The current church building features a prominent dome. The structure was built in 1810 and subsequently enlarged with a $30,000 donation from textile entrepreneur Henry J. Steere in honor of his father, Jonah Steere. Beneficent has active ministries working with the homeless in the city and around the world. Beneficent Congregational Church is open for Sunday services and the building is located at 300 Weybosset Street in Providence.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

almsgiving, altruistic, amicable, benevolent, benign, benignant, bighearted, charitable, cooperative, eleemosynary, favorable, freehearted, friendly, generous, greathearted, humanitarian, kind, kindly, kindly-disposed, largehearted, neighborly, philanthropic, propitious, welfare, welfare statist, welfarist, well-affected, well-disposed, well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant
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