magnanimity

noun
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 And yet the broader question of where such spiritual magnanimity fits in with the importance of justice isn’t addressed with any real curiosity. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Grieving and forgiveness are focus of Charleston mass shooting documentary ‘Emanuel’," 16 Oct. 2019 Their extravagance should be accompanied by magnanimity, however. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: ‘Three strikes you’re out’ for husband caught sexting, again," 23 Oct. 2019 Their extravagance should be accompanied by magnanimity, however. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Online addict worries about relationship," 23 Oct. 2019 Their extravagance should be accompanied by magnanimity, however. Approach life after 50 with curiosity and enthusiasm. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Online addict worries about relationship," 23 Oct. 2019 His warlord of a manager, Elliott Roberts, in what seems to me a startling act of managerial magnanimity, was right behind him. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Neil Young’s Boring, Prophetic Message to Readers," 28 Sep. 2019 What’s missing from Ms. Ruden’s piece is the same thing missing from so much of our cultural discourse: magnanimity. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 22 Aug. 2019 Every so often, there are acts of magnanimity that remind us how our politics could work. Ryan Clancy, WSJ, "Democrats, Give Biden a Break," 23 June 2019 Like McCutchen and Doston, Givens played travel ball thanks largely to the magnanimity of coaches who accepted an upfront fee from Givens and let fund-raising cover most of the expenses. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Time, money, access: A baseball hotbed for a century, Tampa evolves as game’s economic winds shift," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of magnanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Magnanimity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnanimity. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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magnanimity

noun
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

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