mag·​na·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce magnanimity (audio) \
plural magnanimities

Definition of magnanimity

1 : the quality of being magnanimous : loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity He had the magnanimity to forgive her for lying about him.
2 : a magnanimous act the great magnanimities between soldiers— Katharine Tynan

Examples of magnanimity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much better to strike a pose of magnanimity on the least bad of several options in order to strengthen his hand down the road — which means the 2022 midterm elections, and ultimately the presidential contest to follow. Damon Linker, The Week, 10 Aug. 2021 In an act of presidential magnanimity, Biden officially pardoned both turkeys, who accepted the honor with what appeared to be calm indifference. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 When McConnell surrendered, did Democrats voice the magnanimity of the true champion? Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 In Fitzgerald’s critique, restorative justice outsources the prosecution of crime to the whims of a victim, when that person’s vengefulness or magnanimity should be irrelevant to public justice. Michelle Kuo, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 Colón emphasizes the principles that sharpened his ambition: magnanimity, humility, courage, perseverance and temperance. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2021 His kindness, magnanimity and guidance will never be forgotten. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 Now, this magnanimity has taken on a much bigger challenge, one with international implications. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 An account of this particular act of magnanimity was published Monday in Michigan Information & Research Service, a Lansing newsletter on state government. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of magnanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2022

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“Magnanimity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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: the quality of being generous and noble

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