Benevolent vs Complacent - What's the difference?

benevolent | complacent |


As adjectives the difference between benevolent and complacent

is that benevolent is having a disposition to do good while complacent is uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.

benevolent

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Having a disposition to do good.
  • Chinese and Eastern mythologies describe dragons as benevolent .
  • Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.
  • altruistic, charitable, good, just and fair.
  • generous.
  • Antonyms

    * malevolent

    See also

    * benevolence * benevolently * benevolentness

    complacent

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
  • Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.
  • Usage notes

    * (term) should not be confused with its homophone, complaisant.

    Synonyms

    * smug * self-satisfied

    Derived terms

    * (l) * self-complacent