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There was need; for spring which touched the earth so benignly had not passed me by.

Miriam benignly gazed—it was the perfection of indirectness.

Rachel never looked so truly and benignly happy as at the head of her table.

Billy, propped up among his cushions, smiled back at her benignly.

Tell me—have you really been benignly shadowing me all this way?'

I benignly answer, “No, you are in the tropic clime of youth.”

Uncle William, from his height, looked down on them benignly.

He watched her benignly, a kind of detached humor in his eyes.

The Cure looked at her benignly: she was a woman, and she had loved the man.

"I am glad that I have come at the right moment, Tommy," she said, benignly.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French benigne (12c., "kind, benign, merciful, gracious;" Modern French bénin, fem. bénigne), from Latin benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," literally "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth" (see genus). For similar sense evolution, cf. gentle, kind (adj.), generous. Related: Benignly.

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