mag·​nif·​i·​cent | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sənt How to pronounce magnificent (audio) , məg- \

Definition of magnificent

1 : great in deed or exalted in place used only of former famous rulersLorenzo the Magnificent
2 : marked by stately grandeur and lavishness a magnificent way of life The coronation was a magnificent sight.
3 : sumptuous in structure and adornment a magnificent cathedral broadly : strikingly beautiful or impressive a magnificent physique
4 : impressive to the mind or spirit : sublime magnificent prose know the truth for the magnificent purpose of becoming free— Philip Wylie
5 : exceptionally fine a magnificent day valley crops were magnificent that year— Julian Dana

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Other Words from magnificent

magnificently adverb

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grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity. a grand staircase magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste. magnificent paintings imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness. an imposing edifice stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement. the stately procession majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur. a majestic waterfall grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience grandiose hydroelectric projects but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration. grandiose schemes

Examples of magnificent in a Sentence

the magnificent cathedrals of Europe He gave a magnificent performance.
Recent Examples on the Web His pizzas are as magnificent as they’ve ever been, made with simple ingredients that boast enormous flavor. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "The great pizza pivot: How pies of all kinds are luring customers to Dallas restaurants," 3 Aug. 2020 Listen: the comet is a herald of magnificent transformation. Peter M. Leschak, Star Tribune, "Comets may be heralds of hard times, but also of revival," 31 July 2020 Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario already has made a number of magnificent plays at the hot corner. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Jeimer Candelario was 0-fer entering Thursday. But at least he's doing one thing well," 30 July 2020 This magnificent bullet will double in diameter and penetrate 16 inches. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 15 Best Personal Defense Ammo for Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns," 27 July 2020 The setting for President Trump’s early Fourth of July celebration was magnificent, as the Black Hills of South Dakota tend to be. Washington Post, "Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction," 23 June 2020 By that time, as Darrell Royal used to say near the end of his magnificent run, the BBs were already out of the box. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Mack Brown’s second act at North Carolina is already a rare feat for ex-Texas coaches and he’s just getting started," 10 July 2020 The lake is magnificent, especially at night from the Taj Lake Palace hotel looking to the City Palace. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Cities in Asia," 8 July 2020 Yes, the magnificent estates like Versailles have their place in the human experience, but then there’s this evolution. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "I'd rather live in a cool tiny home than a sprawling Texas mansion. Here's why.," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Magnificent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce magnificent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive : very great


mag·​nif·​i·​cent | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sənt How to pronounce magnificent (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive a magnificent view

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