Definition of munificent in English:

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Pronunciation: /mjʊˈnɪfɪs(ə)nt/


Characterized by or displaying great generosity: a munificent bequest a munificent patron of the arts
More example sentences
  • He found himself having to conduct a war on two fronts - with the Americans to be more generous, and with London to accept that Washington would not be as munificent as they desired.
  • Both are munificent presents from the Canadian Professor, wafted to us by the Gotham Book Mart.
  • Henry Clay Frick left his house and collection to New York in 1919 and Isabella Stewart Gardner was equally munificent to Boston in 1924.



Pronunciation: /mjʊˈnɪfɪs(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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