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

Choose the Right Synonym for munificent

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
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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of munificent

formal : very generous

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