1. generous in assistance to the poor

    Synonyms : beneficent, eleemosynary, philanthropic
    Examples :
    • a benevolent contributor
  2. generous in providing aid to others

    Synonyms : freehearted
  3. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    Synonyms : charitable, good-hearted, kindly, large-hearted, openhearted, sympathetic
  4. intending or showing kindness

    Examples :
    • a benevolent society


  1. regret strongly

    Synonyms : bewail, deplore, lament
    Type Of : complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off


  1. characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

    Synonyms : aggressive
    Examples :
    • a belligerent tone
  2. engaged in war

    Synonyms : militant, war-ridden, warring
    Examples :
    • belligerent (or warring) nations
  3. someone who fights (or is fighting)

    Synonyms : battler, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    Type Of : mortal, individual, person, somebody, someone, soul


  1. having or showing a ready disposition to fight

    Synonyms : battleful, combative
    Examples :
    • bellicose young officers


  1. cause to seem less serious; play down

    Synonyms : denigrate, derogate, minimize
    Type Of : disparage, pick at
    Examples :
    • Don't belittle his influence
  2. express a negative opinion of

    Synonyms : disparage, pick at
    Type Of : knock, pick apart, criticise, criticize
  3. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    Synonyms : diminish
    Type Of : minify, lessen, decrease
    Examples :
    • don't belittle your colleagues


  1. be in contradiction with

    Synonyms : contradict, negate
    Type Of : deviate, diverge, depart, vary
  2. represent falsely

    Synonyms : misrepresent
    Type Of : represent


  1. annoy persistently

    Synonyms : badger, bug, pester, tease
    Type Of : torment, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag
  2. surround so as to force to give up

    Synonyms : besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
    Type Of : attack, assail


  1. to work at or to absurd length

    Synonyms : belabour
    Type Of : work on, work at
    Examples :
    • belabor the obvious
  2. beat soundly

    Synonyms : belabour
    Type Of : work over, beat up, beat
  3. attack verbally with harsh criticism

    Synonyms : belabour
    Type Of : knock, pick apart, criticise, criticize
    Examples :
    • She was belabored by her fellow students


  1. influence by slyness

    Synonyms : hoodwink, juggle
    Type Of : chisel, cheat, rip off
  2. attract; cause to be enamored

    Synonyms : becharm, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance
    Type Of : attract, appeal


  1. wish ill or allow unwillingly

    Synonyms : resent
    Antonyms : wish
  2. be envious of; set one's heart on

    Synonyms : envy
    Type Of : desire, want