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

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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 Friends of Cámara invariably point to her own family as the wellspring of the breezy self-belief and magnanimity that permeates her restaurants. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 Without magnanimity on the part of its core members, the Western alliance will not long endure. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "A Nasty Brexit Threatens the West," 24 Sep. 2018 Israelis must respond with imagination and magnanimity and Palestinians with the recognition that this is not 1948, 1967 or 1993. Alex Joffe And, WSJ, "Palestinians, You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee," 6 Sep. 2018 Of this trio, only the last—his astonishing magnanimity—has escaped disappointment. Peter Godwin, WSJ, "Mandela’s Troubled Legacy," 13 July 2018 This historic migration was akin—and perhaps even larger—to the magnanimity of the annual Serengeti wildebeest migration. National Geographic, "How Botswana Revived Africa's Largest Mammal Migration," 4 May 2018 And each side was watching carefully to see if the other would show any signs of weakness or magnanimity — both potentially toxic in this shutdown. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Has the Government Shut Down? Because No One Has a Plan," 23 Jan. 2018 But for all her magnanimity, Haughery was not apolitical. James Karst,, "Margaret Haughery: Friend of orphans -- and of white supremacist militia," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of magnanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the quality of being generous and noble

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