magnanimous


mag·nan·i·mous

adjective \mag-ˈna-nə-məs\

: having or showing a generous and kind nature

Full Definition of MAGNANIMOUS

1
:  showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit <the irreproachable lives and magnanimous sufferings of their followers — Joseph Addison>
2
:  showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind <too sincere for dissimulation, too magnanimous for resentment — Ellen Glasgow>
mag·nan·i·mous·ly adverb
mag·nan·i·mous·ness noun

Examples of MAGNANIMOUS

  1. She was too magnanimous to resent all the things others had said to her.
  2. <a magnanimous donation to the town's animal shelter>
  3. No problem, I dismissed his concerns with a magnanimous flick of the wrist. —Tom Perrotta, Joe College, 2000

Origin of MAGNANIMOUS

Latin magnanimus, from magnus great + animus spirit — more at much, animate
First Known Use: 1567

Rhymes with MAGNANIMOUS

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