mag·​nif·​i·​cence | \mag-ˈni-fə-sən(t)s, 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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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 Even when the bats aren’t showing off, the library is worth on a visit for its sheer magnificence. Julie H. Case, Smithsonian, "These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way," 7 June 2018 Colorado will be a threat as long as the great Nolan Arenado unleashes his all-around magnificence. Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants: No complaints about Madison Bumgarner’s sharp comeback," 5 June 2018 Curry produced a stretch of third-quarter magnificence that defined the Warriors’ 126-85 victory over Houston — and an era. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Curry’s big night was one for the books," 20 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 \

Kids Definition of magnificence

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

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