mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce magnanimity (audio) \
plural magnanimities

Definition of magnanimity

1 : the quality of being magnanimous : loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity He had the magnanimity to forgive her for lying about him.
2 : a magnanimous act the great magnanimities between soldiers— Katharine Tynan

Examples of magnanimity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When McConnell surrendered, did Democrats voice the magnanimity of the true champion? Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 In Fitzgerald’s critique, restorative justice outsources the prosecution of crime to the whims of a victim, when that person’s vengefulness or magnanimity should be irrelevant to public justice. Michelle Kuo, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 Colón emphasizes the principles that sharpened his ambition: magnanimity, humility, courage, perseverance and temperance. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2021 His kindness, magnanimity and guidance will never be forgotten. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 Now, this magnanimity has taken on a much bigger challenge, one with international implications. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 An account of this particular act of magnanimity was published Monday in Michigan Information & Research Service, a Lansing newsletter on state government. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2021 Consumer advocates say financially vulnerable consumers shouldn’t have to rely on the magnanimity of banking executives and have urged regulators to tighten the overdraft rules, which were last addressed more than a decade ago. New York Times, 22 June 2021 To President Biden, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader: Use your power with magnanimity and respect. William A. Galston, WSJ, 15 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'magnanimity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of magnanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About magnanimity

Time Traveler for magnanimity

Time Traveler

The first known use of magnanimity was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near magnanimity

Magna Graecia



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for magnanimity

Last Updated

14 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Magnanimity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for magnanimity


mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce magnanimity (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnanimity

: the quality of being generous and noble

More from Merriam-Webster on magnanimity

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for magnanimity

Nglish: Translation of magnanimity for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!