Definition of magnanimous in English:

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magnanimous

Pronunciation: /maɡˈnanɪməs/

adjective

Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person: she should be magnanimous in victory
More example sentences
  • More importantly, the ode implies that Henri is generous and magnanimous.
  • She decided that, in light of the news she was going to share, she could be magnanimous and forgive Aria.
  • It should be realised that without their good will and magnanimous gesture, such a major project as this could not go ahead.
Synonyms
generous, charitable, benevolent, beneficent, open-handed, big-hearted, great-hearted, munificent, bountiful, liberal, handsome, princely, altruistic, kind, kindly, philanthropic, chivalrous, noble;
unselfish, selfless, self-sacrificing, ungrudging, unstinting;
forgiving, merciful, lenient, indulgent, clement
literary bounteous

Derivatives

magnanimously

Pronunciation: /maɡˈnanɪməsli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Interestingly, the youngsters have handled highbrow ostracism magnanimously, countering it with open arms and inclusiveness.
  • Petrova had no complaints about the final result, as she magnanimously admitted that she had been beaten by a better player on the day.
  • He gestures silently, magnanimously to his guests, making a great show of his joy at their attendance.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin magnanimus (from magnus 'great' + animus 'soul') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with magnanimous

animus, equanimous, pusillanimous, unanimous

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