mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty | \ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē \
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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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 But instead of reacting with fear or getting security to remove the interloper, Dion’s magnanimity prevailed. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Magnanimous Star Celine Dion Helped a Disruptive Fan During Her Show," 10 Jan. 2018 The West should continue to praise Bangladesh’s magnanimity in hosting hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, though the international community should not take it for granted. Bill Richardson, Time, "Bill Richardson: How the West Can Help Fix the Rohingya Crisis," 15 Feb. 2018 Those who noticed the errors responded on Twitter with the kind of graciousness and magnanimity people have come to expect from the social media platform. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Trump Jr. is berated for tweet about 'Obama's FCC' chair, net 'neutality'," 15 Dec. 2017 Some of the magnanimity of the original version is lost in Mr. Kremer’s translation. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Review: Violinist Gidon Kremer Shares 24 Soviet Snapshots," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of magnanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty | \ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē \

Kids Definition of magnanimity

: the quality of being generous and noble

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