munificent

adjective
mu·​nif·​i·​cent | \ myu̇-ˈni-fə-sənt How to pronounce munificent (audio) \

Definition of munificent

1 : very liberal in giving or bestowing (see bestow sense 4) : lavish munificent donors
2 : characterized by great liberality or generosity a munificent gift

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munificence \ myu̇-​ˈni-​fə-​sən(t)s How to pronounce munificent (audio) \ noun
munificently adverb

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liberal, generous, bountiful, munificent mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. liberal suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given. a teacher liberal with her praise generous stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift. a generous offer of help bountiful suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing. children spoiled by bountiful presents munificent suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes. a munificent foundation grant

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Munificent was formed back in the late 1500s when English speakers, perhaps inspired by similar words such as "magnificent," altered the ending of "munificence." "Munificence" in turn comes from "munificus," the Latin word for "generous," which itself comes from "munus," a Latin noun that is variously translated as "gift," "duty," or "service." "Munus" has done a fine service to English by giving us other terms related to service or compensation, including "municipal" and "remunerate."

Examples of munificent in a Sentence

a munificent host who has presided over many charitable events at his mansion
Recent Examples on the Web More significantly, Rolling Stone wrote a critical piece about country singer Morgan Wallen, reminiscent of Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold’s Pulitzer-winning investigations of Donald Trump’s claims of his munificent charitable donations. Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2021 Like many startups, print-on-demand companies tend to coat themselves in munificent techno-marketing clichés. Roger Sollenberger, Wired, 16 Mar. 2020 Second is the munificent flow of remittances from millions of expat V4 citizens who now live and work in the EU, especially in Germany, Austria or Britain. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2019 Where to eat La Nueva España, a casual lunch counter off Broadway, is one of Inwood’s many Dominican restaurants with hearty food and munificent portions. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2019 GateHouse’s approach to its newspapers in recent years has made Gannett look almost munificent by contrast. Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2019 The best song Oscars category has always been a curious creature, a mash-up of hits, snoozers and misfires, and a munificent source of Academy Awards moments that can astonish, or bore, or mortify. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2018 Summing up his desire to give a voice to the marginalized and overlooked, the munificent director even ponies up for an electric larynx when one of the brothers is rendered mute after an operation. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Sep. 2017 But she was outnumbered by the other witnesses who, in varying degrees, said the pay system is outdated or relatively munificent. Joe Davidson | Columnist, Washington Post, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of munificent

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for munificent

back-formation from munificence, from Latin munificentia, from munificus generous, from munus service, gift — more at mean

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“Munificent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/munificent. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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munificent

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English Language Learners Definition of munificent

: very generous

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