magnanimity

noun

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

Examples of magnanimity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His post-electoral remarks bespoke a magnanimity and forward-looking resolve atypical of politicians. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2024 There has never been very much magnanimity in the MAGA movement. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Their blankets, representing status and magnanimity, illustrate the sisters’ strong bond. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 This magnanimity won’t surprise anyone who’s read an interview with Kneecap over the past six years, or engaged with them at a level deeper than the superficial projections of tabloid papers or attention-hungry politicians. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for magnanimity 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Magnanimity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnanimity. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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magnanimity

noun
mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty ˌmag-nə-ˈnim-ət-ē How to pronounce magnanimity (audio)
plural magnanimities
1
: nobility of character : high-mindedness
2
: a magnanimous act

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