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 The Yankees had won the first game 1-0 in Philadelphia as Vic Raschi, one of the Yankee magnificent pitching triumvirate, pitched a masterful two hitter. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 13 Oct. 2020 The world's most magnificent libraries Is there anything quite so soothing, so inspiring as a great library? Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 12: Coronavirus, Supreme Court, election 2020, protests, Nigeria," 12 Oct. 2020 Roversi was born in this serene Northern Italian city in 1947, amidst its magnificent specimens of late Roman and Byzantine architecture. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "“His Gaze Doesn’t Impose, But Reveals”: Inside the Paolo Roversi Exhibition in Ravenna, Italy," 12 Oct. 2020 Sadly, this magnificent beast is getting the ax this fall. ... Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press, Star Tribune, "It's a sad day for the Shelby GT350 'masterpiece'," 9 Oct. 2020 The roofless building is currently a ruin, but the reliefs of its formerly magnificent interior walls are still vividly distinguishable. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Obninsk, Russia, home of the world’s first nuclear power plant, gets its first synagogue," 7 Oct. 2020 Standouts include the magnificent 1826 Round Stone Barn and the 1830 Brick Dwelling. William Li, Town & Country, "Perfect Long Weekend Destinations Just Outside New York City," 5 Oct. 2020 James and Davis have both been magnificent through two games. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Lakers vs. Heat: Three keys to watch in Game 3 of the NBA Finals," 4 Oct. 2020 Holland was magnificent last season punt returns and made Oregon’s task of replace Ugochukwu Amadi seem easy. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks fall camp breakdown: Specialists," 4 Oct. 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 29 Oct. 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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