Definition of magnanimous in English:

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Pronunciation: /maɡˈnanəməs/


Very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
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.
generous, charitable, benevolent, beneficent, big-hearted, handsome, princely, altruistic, philanthropic, unselfish, chivalrous, noble;
forgiving, merciful, lenient, indulgent, clement



Pronunciation: /maɡˈnanəməslē/
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.


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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Syllabification: mag·nan·i·mous

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