- Often these gifts are exchanged in special ceremonies where participants compete to appear the most beneficent, because status is accorded to those who give the most to others.
- In reality, of course, governments are not omniscient and beneficent, and the last thing we want to do is give them control over the reporting of news and the expression of opinion.
- But I don't think she's ever understood that the public wants her typecast as a beneficent, starched woman with at least two children in tow.
- His last years, lived by invitation in cottages in Sussex and Kent, fed and wined by beneficent admirers, provided a sort of rural coda of tranquillity.
- To Easterlin, the evidence suggests that the government can be pretty beneficent when it comes to adding years to life through public health programs.
- It's five years to the next election, so they either will have forgotten how beneficent New Labour were or will have dropped dead.
- The president has battered this beneficent bureaucracy.
- She was beneficent, and passed on a gift to each.
- Maybe she had, but I'd forgotten, or at least not made the association between that beneficent patron of my childhood and the old man at the awards ceremony.
- And if God is not beneficent and all-powerful - well, what then of God's traditional identity, his essence?
- Clearly she presides over this field or crop, as she walks through it like a beneficent goddess.
- Sure they have characters who occasionally attempt to do the right thing, occasionally indulge whims to be decent or beneficent.
- The Depression and World War II fostered in the parents of baby boomers an ethos of thrift and sacrifice, along with a belief in a beneficent federal government.
- It is as though the beneficent god in which Spinoza did not believe had granted him a glimpse of the future which he is conveying to us.
- And it fundamentally it is the government telling you how to behave and if you behave in a certain way, then the government will be beneficent enough to hand you back some money.
- In every roll of the dice, he sees a question posed to the unknown - and maybe beneficent - forces of the universe.
- His worship of Great Mother Nature as a beneficent spirit would have led him to Greenpeace, if not Earthfirst, and he would certainly have believed Lovelock's Gaia theory.
- The poor in these paintings provided an opportunity for the prudent and beneficent wealthy to display their charity, such as in Beechey's Portrait of Sir Francis Ford's Children Giving a Coin to a Beggar Boy.
- England's successful wars against the French, its growing overseas empire, its social stability and its mercantile hegemony were all interpreted as the blessings of a beneficent providence on a Protestant people.
- From the 1970s, beneficent citizens who resented the way in which a few outdoor advertising corporations were allowed to control public spaces began to answer back.