benign etymology

English word benign comes from Proto-Italic *dwened, Latin optimus (Best; very good.), Proto-Italic *genos (Lineage, origin.)

Detailed word origin of benign

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dwened Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
optimus Latin (lat) Best; very good.
*genos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Lineage, origin.
genere Latin (lat)
*dwenedgenos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Kind, nice, good.
benignus Latin (lat) (of things) favorable, mild. (poetic) lucky, propitious. (poetic, of things) fruitful, fertile, copious. Beneficent, obliging, bounteous. Kind, good, friendly, pleasant.
benigne Old French (fro)
benign English (eng) (in combination) Not harmful to the environment.. (medicine) Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.. (of a climate or environment) mild and favorable. Kind; gentle; mild.

Words with the same origin as benign

Descendants of optimus
optimism optimist
Descendants of *genos
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