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
Recent Examples on the Web The description seemed to fit all of the animals, which made their leisurely way through the landscape—all 7,400 acres of it, a kind of excess of magnificence. Hermione Hoby, Travel + Leisure, "Outside of Zion National Park, There's a Whole World to Explore," 29 Mar. 2021 Then, Lady Gaga gave us '80s magnificence with huge hair, a smokey eye, and the perfect nude lip, all while wearing a bathrobe. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Your New Favorite Lady Gaga Movie, House of Gucci," 16 Mar. 2021 The film luxuriates in her suffering, not out of some sense of sadism, but out of a sense that there’s a magnificence to all big emotions, even the ones that accompany pain. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "Pedro Almodóvar’s English-Language Debut The Human Voice Is a Perfect Half-Hour of Film," 12 Mar. 2021 And yet, the desperation of the quest only heightens the magnificence of the achievement. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Will Tiger Woods make a comeback like Ben Hogan?," 24 Feb. 2021 George Weetman told me—where the magnificence of nature is impossible to miss. Alex Frank, Vogue, "Is Outdoor Adventure the Key to Inner Peace? Arc’teryx Thinks So," 27 Jan. 2021 For the next two decades, there were three constants to Atlanta sports: Mediocre on-field performance, the magnificence of Niekro’s knuckleball and the magnanimity of his personality. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Evan Grant: What it’s like to lose my childhood favorite player, Phil Niekro," 28 Dec. 2020 An orthodox Protestant, Adams was captivated by the spirituality of Gothic architecture and music as well as the power of the Virgin Mary to inspire such magnificence. Diane Scharper, Washington Examiner, "Who was Henry Adams?," 31 Dec. 2020 None of us, naturally, could match the skill and creativity — the sheer magnificence — conjured up by Maradona that afternoon. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "If you were there, you will never forget Maradona in Mexico," 26 Nov. 2020

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

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“Magnificence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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