mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce magnanimity (audio)
plural magnanimities
: 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.
: a magnanimous act
the great magnanimities between soldiersKatharine Tynan

Example Sentences

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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

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