magnificent

adjective
mag·​nif·​i·​cent | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sənt, 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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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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Instead, the competition is a celebration of this natural cycle, and a chance to show off the vitality of these enormous, magnificent creatures. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A national park in Alaska wants you to vote on their very fattest bear," 9 Oct. 2018 To get up close to the magnificent creatures, stay at the Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, an old-worldly tented camp located inside the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Safari-to-Beach Trips to Book," 26 Apr. 2018 These magnificent creatures can weigh up to 800 pounds. Maria Finn, San Francisco Chronicle, "Don’t miss these great places to see California wildlife, from insects to whales," 28 Mar. 2018 Sorry for Your Loss stars a magnificent Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh, a writer who was recently widowed and is trying to piece her life back together. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Richard’s show was magnificent, part of the neo-couture movement sweeping the avant-garde. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Spring 2019 Collections," 10 Oct. 2018 Granted, Chopra wasn't there, but the gesture in itself is pretty magnificent. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The First Text Nick Jonas Ever Sent Priyanka Chopra Was Hilariously Formal," 30 Oct. 2018 First built in the 14th century, the now-hotel overlooks a sloping hill in the Loire Valley, where castles this romantic are no less magnificent for their ubiquitousness. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 Spectacular homes with magnificent river views. Pondered stopping at Jim & Jack’s on the way home. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Daugherty's Morning Line: Do you really want your players in the MLB All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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magnificent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive : very great

magnificent

adjective
mag·​nif·​i·​cent | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sənt \

Kids Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive a magnificent view

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