1. promoted — furthered, advanced
The school only promoted those students who maintained a C average; those who had Ds and Fs had to repeat the year.
2. egalitarian — equal
The United States tries to maintain an egalitarian society, although sometimes the educational system is unfair to the poor.
3. benign — kind, nonthreatening
The gentle grizzly bear was a benign animal, and never growled or attacked anyone.
4. placid — peaceful
At sunrise and sunset, when the wind is calm, the lake is truly placid.
5. benevolent — kind, generous
The wealthy donor was known for being benevolent when he gave students large scholarships.
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