mag·​nif·​i·​cence | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sən(t)s How to pronounce magnificence (audio) , məg-\

Definition of magnificence

1 : the quality or state of being magnificent
2 : splendor of surroundings

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Examples of magnificence in a Sentence

the magnificence of the great castle hallway is beyond description

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The 20th- and 21st--century equivalent of such empires have produced some very different expressions well beyond beaux arts magnificence. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "Sunnylands: The California Mansion That Has Hosted Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth, and More," 18 Apr. 2019 From there, make your way into the main floor’s expansive hangout areas, with soaring ceilings and a futuristic-style architecture that sets the stage for the magnificence of each respective room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Damien Hirst Designs the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2019 Outside, allées of linden trees, planted in maturity 120 years ago, have now attained Brobdingnagian magnificence (and continue in their original radial plan across many other properties in subsequent subdivisions). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Live Like Jay Gatsby With a Weekend Visit to This Jazz Age Mansion in Nassau County," 24 July 2018 Congratulations for successfully making it down this list, and cheers to another 17 years of the magnificence that is John Mayer. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best John Mayer Songs of All Time," 16 Aug. 2018 The magnificence of the mountains, in fact, is a cure-all for anything that might have ailed the film. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Mountain' scales great visual heights," 31 May 2018 That gorillas lack syntax should not blind humans to their magnificence. The Economist, "What Koko the gorilla could and couldn’t do," 5 July 2018 As the crowds return to their hotels, you venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 But with all the Rockets could muster, all that power of James Harden's offensive magnificence, the Warriors came in their usual waves, scoring their way past any Rockets run and badly overpowering any slowdown. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors rip home-court advantage from Rockets with Game 1 win," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of magnificence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for magnificence

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnificentia, from magnificus noble in character, magnificent, from magnus great + -ficus -fic — more at much

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mag·​nif·​i·​cence | \ mag-ˈni-fə-səns How to pronounce magnificence (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnificence

: impressive beauty or greatness The room's magnificence awed me.

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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