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Welcome to your Class Starters. words of the day. ben, bene, bon – good, well. benefit (v.) to gain or receive good results from something s yn. – to help, to serve, to profit ant. – to harm, to hurt, to hinder

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ben bene bon good well
ben, bene, bon – good, well
  • benefit (v.) to gain or receive good results from something

syn. – to help, to serve, to profit

ant. – to harm, to hurt, to hinder

ety. – [ < Anglo-French benft < L benefactum good deed

Prometheus was a god who believed his actions should benefit mankind.

  • benevolent (adj.) - kind; good-hearted
  • syn. – kind, good-hearted, passionate
  • ant. – brutal, cruel, heartless
  • ety. – [late ME < L benevolent (stem of benevolēns) kindhearted (bene- bene + vol- wish + -ent -ent)]
  • Because of his actions, Prometheus could be considered to be a benevolent character.
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ben, bene, bon – good, well
  • beneficiary (n.) - a person who receives something good from someone else

syn. –

ant. –

ety. – [ late ME < late L beneficiᾱrius, “enjoying a favor, prifileged” equivalent to L benefici(um), benefice + ᾱrius

-ary]

Persephone was the beneficiary of her mother’s undying love.

  • beneficial (adj.) – having a good outcome; favorable

syn. – favorable, useful

ant. – harmful

ety. – [ late ME < late L beneficiᾱlis, equivalent to L benefici(um) kindness]

When mortals follow fulfill the requests of the immortals without question, the results are often beneficial.

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ben, bene, bon – good, well
  • benefactor (n.) - a person who does good or gives money for a good purpose

syn. – backer, sponsor, supporter

ant. – antagonist, opponent, opposer

ety. – [ < late benefactor < L bene + facer; bene“well” + facere“to do”]

Sometimes gods would act as benefactors for man to protect man from Zeus’ anger.

  • benediction (n.) - a blessing

syn. – commendation, grace

ant. – curse, disapproval

ety. – [ < L benedictio, from benedῑcereto bless]

A benediction from Zeus would be more pleasing than a curse.

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ben, bene, bon – good, well
  • bonafide (adj.) - authentic; genuine; real

syn. – true

ant. – counterfeit, fake, false

ety. – [ < L benedictio, from benedicereto bless]

As the god of war, Ares is a

bonafideaggressor.

  • benign (adj.) - not harmful; having a good effect; favorable

syn. – harmless, innocent

ant. – harmful, damaging

ety. – [ < OF benigne< L benignus< benewell + gignereto produce]

  • Of all of the mythological characters, Hermes probably has one of the most benign natures.
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ben, bene, bon – good, well
  • bon voyage (n.) - “have a good trip” in French

syn. – farewell, adieu, good-bye

ant. – hello

ety. – [ < F literally, good journey]

I wonder if Penelope had the chance to say the Greek version of “bon voyage” to Odysseus before he left for the Trojan War.

  • bonus (n.) - anything good that is received over and beyond what is expected (usually money)

syn. – perk, dividend, premium

ant. –

ety. – [ < L bonus good]

  • Being a demi-god was a bonus for Perseus and gave him an edge over mere mortals.
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