2. Diffusive sympathetic affections


[Antonyms: malevolence.]

[Nouns] benevolence, Christian charity; God's love, God's grace; good will; philanthropy [more]; unselfishness [more].

good nature, good feeling, good wishes; kindness, kindliness; loving-kindness, benignity, brotherly love, charity, humanity, fellow-feeling, sympathy; goodness of heart, warmth of heart; bonhomie; kind-heartedness; amiability, milk of human kindness, tenderness; love [more]; friendship [more].

toleration, consideration, generosity; mercy (pity) [more].

charitableness; bounty, almsgiving; good works, beneficence, "the luxury of doing good" [Goldsmith].

acts of kindness, a good turn; good offices, kind offices good treatment, kind treatment.

good Samaritan, sympathizer, bon enfant; altruist.

[Verbs] be benevolent; have one's heart in the right place, bear good will; wish well, wish Godspeed; view with an eye of favor, regard with an eye of favor; take in good part; take an interest in, feel an interest in; be interested in, feel interested in; sympathize with, feel for; fraternize (be friendly) [more].

enter into the feelings of others, do as you would be done by, meet halfway.

treat well; give comfort, smooth the bed of death; do good, do a good turn; benefit (goodness) [more]; render a service, be of use; aid [more].

[Adjectives] benevolent; kind, kindly; well-meaning; amiable; obliging, accommodating, indulgent, gracious, complacent, good-humored.

warm-hearted, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, large-hearted, broad- hearted; merciful [more]; charitable, beneficent, humane, benignant; bounteous, bountiful.

good-natured, well-natured; spleenless; sympathizing, sympathetic; complaisant (courteous) [more]; well-meant, well-intentioned.

fatherly, motherly, brotherly, sisterly; paternal, maternal, fraternal; sororal; friendly [more].

[Adverbs] with a good intention, with the best intentions.

[Interjections] Godspeed! much good may it do!

[Phrases] "act a charity sometimes" [Lamb]; �a tender heart, a will inflexible" [Longfellow]; de mortuis nil nisi bonum; "kind words are more than coronets" [Tennyson]; quando amigo pide no hay ma�ana; "the social smile, the sympathetic tear" [Gray].

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