Amiable vs Benign - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between amiable and benign

is that amiable is friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas while benign is kind; gentle; mild.

amiable

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.
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  • *:A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  • Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable person.
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  • *:A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  • Usage notes

    * See (amicable).

    Synonyms

    * likable

    Derived terms

    () * amiability * amiableness * amiably

    benign

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Kind; gentle; mild.
  • * (of a climate or environment) mild and favorable
  • * not harmful to the environment: [in combination] an ozone-benign refrigerant.
  • (medicine) Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.
  • Antonyms

    * malign * malignant

    Derived terms

    * benignly * benignant * benignity * benign neglect * benign tumor