Definition of munificent in English:


Syllabification: mu·nif·i·cent
Pronunciation: /myo͝oˈnifəsənt, myə-


1(Of a gift or sum of money) larger or more generous than is usual or necessary: a munificent gesture
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  • Perhaps chief amongst these has been the creation in 1994 of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada with a munificent gift of some $10 million from the CRB Foundation to be matched by McGill University.
  • For his trouble, the new chairman will receive a stipend of €15,236 annually, a drop in the ocean compared to his munificent salary at Jefferson Smurfit.
  • Even if a population increasingly worried about its jobs actually spends those munificent $300 and $600 checks, the money will largely go for imports.
1.1(Of a person) very generous.
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  • Admidst family, friends and fireworks, the munificent Michael swept 29-year-old Ms Murphy off her feet with a specially designed marquise cut diamond solitaire.
  • He seems like an exceptionally considerate and munificent boy.
  • They were munificent patrons of artists, poets and scholars.


late 16th century: from Latin munificent-, stem of munificentior, comparative of munificus 'bountiful', from munus 'gift'.



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  • Later benefactors included Charles Fairfax Murray, minor Pre-Raphaelite, scholar and picture-dealer, who anonymously and munificently donated forty-six paintings, including the pair by Lely.
  • I had the choice to do something more pleasing if I had wished, and I was paid, if not munificently, at least adequately.
  • Paul Getty, junior, and Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza contributed munificently to the purchase.

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