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magnanimous

adjective mag·nan·i·mous \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

MAGNANIMOUSNESS Defined for Kids

magnanimous

adjective mag·nan·i·mous \mag-ˈna-nə-məs\

Definition of MAGNANIMOUS for Kids

:  generous and noble
mag·nan·i·mous·ly adverb

Word Root of MAGNANIMOUS

The Latin word anima, meaning breath or spirit, gives us the root anim. Words from the Latin anima have something to do with having breath or spirit. An animal is a living creature that breathes and can move around on its own. To animate something is to give it breath or life. Someone magnanimous has a courageous spirit.

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