Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Beneficent or kindly.
(Astrology) Relating to or denoting the planets Jupiter and Venus, traditionally considered to have a favorable influence.
Examples of Benefic in a sentence
"Our benefic neighbor is always kind when the children lose their balls in his yard."
"I don't usually believe in astrology, but my sister says my horoscope is benefic, and I should expect good things."
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In Latin, the verb phrase "bene facere" means "to do good to." This adjective is taken from Latin to mean a kind and good person. We should all try to be a little more benefic to each other!
Did you Know?
Before science was the law of the land, great power was attributed to the stars and planets. When Jupiter or Venus are aligned in your astrological charts, there will be a benefic, or positive influence. Other planets can have the opposite effect — Mars and Saturn are considered to be malefic planets.