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 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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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 Coen’s realization of the Weird Sisters — played with otherworldly intensity by Kathryn Hunter — is magnificent. Kyle Smith, National Review, 24 Sep. 2021 At quarterback, 6-foot-6 junior Nicholaus Iamaleava has been magnificent, passing for 1,242 yards and 20 touchdowns with one interception for the 4-0 Bears. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 For this millennium, Felix is magnificent in her own right. David Barron, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 The basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana museum are just two of the dozens of magnificent buildings lining the canal, in addition to the constant maritime energy of gondolas, water taxis and vaporetto water buses. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 15 July 2021 My initial assessment, however, is simple: Donda is magnificent. George Messenger, National Review, 5 Sep. 2021 The camaraderie and excitement of being together to make music was magnificent. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 The interior of the house exudes calm, from the striking, silver and white kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances to the master suite with its private balcony and magnificent sunset views. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 25 Aug. 2021 The 3-mile summit trail (6 miles roundtrip) is a fire road flanked by old oaks and manzanita that winds gradually up the slope, eventually opening into magnificent panoramic views of the lake and valley below. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021

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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 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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