Benevolent vs Obsequious - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between benevolent and obsequious
is that benevolent
is having a disposition to do good while obsequious
is (archaic) obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
Having a disposition to do good.
Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.
altruistic, charitable, good, just and fair.
- Chinese and Eastern mythologies describe dragons as benevolent .
(archaic) Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient, servile.
* 1927 , (Thornton Wilder), (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) , p. 20
(obsolete) Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.
- Translation falls especially short of this conceit which carries the whole flamboyance of the Spanish language. It was intended as an obsequious flattery of the Condesa, and was untrue.
- … the survivor bound
In filial obligation for some term
To do obsequious sorrow…
- Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament
Th’ untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster.
* In modern usage, not to be confused with obsequies as the “funereal” sense has become obsolete.
* (fawning or subservient) fawning, ingratiating, servile, slavish, sycophantic, truckling, people pleaser, kiss-ass