“The creature had a benign manner that put those around him at ease.”
Based on the sentence above, which definition most accurately describes benign?
Benign (adjective) – mild in type or character; harmless; gentle
GRE pro tips:
The Latin root bene means “good” – it is the opposite of the Latin root male, which means “bad.” Examples of words derived from bene include benediction, which refers to “good words” – prayers and blessings – and benevolent, which means good-hearted and kind. Likewise, benign means good-natured, mild, or harmless. It is the opposite of malignant, which means bad-natured, deadly, or caustic.
“Her approach was far from benign; she was the most aggressive CEO the company had ever had.”
“Fortunately, the tumor was benign.”