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 rulers Lorenzo 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.

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The performance, by violinist Daniel Phillips, violist Tanner Menees, and cellist Alexander Hersh, was magnificent — emotionally gripping, precise in its execution, and bearing an unmistakable narrative shape even in its densest moments. David Weininger,, "Marvels from Schumann and Schoenberg at Marlboro Music Festival," 29 July 2019 Ospreay’s run in this summer’s G1 Climax has been magnificent, though his record (1-3) does not reflect that. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Ring Veteran Savio Vega Ready to Make His Mark on MLW," 24 July 2019 But live, as the bounce and prance, pound and churn, as the rainbow confetti costumes come out, CHAI is magnificent. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: A dramatic day 2 brings disco, a marching band and matching outfits," 20 July 2019 The lodging is rustic, but the compound is tidy, and the views are magnificent. National Geographic, "In search of the perfect cup of tea," 14 Mar. 2019 Be guided through two magnificent mansions, Marble House and The Breakers, then enjoy lunch at the Atlantic Resort., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 19 July 2019 Their magnificent powers were slowly killing them and driving them insane. Christian Holub,, "How Tom King's Batman run has built up to 'City of Bane'," 17 July 2019 During their time together at Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria and husband Prince Albert held three magnificent costume balls. Simon Perry,, "See Queen Elizabeth Retrace Her Great-Great-Grandmother Queen Victoria's Steps at Palace Exhibit," 17 July 2019 While at the precinct, Dong Ling is seated next to Big Sis Wang (a magnificent Ding Ning), a hardened criminal who's practically on a first-name basis with the police officers. Elena Nicolaou,, "Cities Of Last Things," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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