Simple Definition of munificent
: very generous
Examples of munificent in a sentence
<a munificent host who has presided over many charitable events at his mansion>
Did You Know?
Munificent was formed back in the late 1500s when English speakers, perhaps inspired by similar words such as "magnificent," altered the ending of "munificence." "Munificence" in turn comes from "munificus," the Latin word for "generous," which itself comes from "munus," a Latin noun that is variously translated as "gift," "duty," or "service." "Munus" has done a fine service to English by giving us other terms related to service or compensation, including "municipal" and "remunerate."
Origin of munificent
back-formation from munificence, from Latin munificentia, from munificus generous, from munus service, gift — more at mean
First Known Use: 1581
Synonym Discussion of munificent
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