Definitions for magnanimityˌmæg nəˈnɪm ɪ ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. munificence, largess, largesse, magnanimity, openhandedness(noun)

    liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit

Wiktionary

  1. magnanimity(Noun)

    The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind; elevation or dignity of soul.

  2. magnanimity(Noun)

    That quality or combination of qualities, in character, which enables one to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, to disdain injustice, meanness and revenge, and to act and sacrifice for noble objects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnanimity(noun)

    the quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind; elevation or dignity of soul; that quality or combination of qualities, in character, which enables one to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, to disdain injustice, meanness and revenge, and to act and sacrifice for noble objects

  2. Origin: [F. magnanimit, L. magnanimitas.]

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  1. Magnanimity

    Magnanimity is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Magnanimity is a latinization of the Greek word megalopsuchia which means greatness of soul and was identified by Aristotle as "the crowning virtue". Although the word magnanimity has a traditional connection to Aristotelian philosophy, it also has its own tradition in English which now causes some confusion. Noah Webster of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such: MAGNANIMITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects. In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considered it the suitable virtue for a great man, arising from his other virtues.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sunil Joyia:

    Magnanimity does not make you affluent but it buy you gems a affluent can't..

  2. Marianne Moore:

    War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.

  3. Saadi:

    The best loved by God are those that are rich, yet have the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich.

  4. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    What makes saintliness in my view, as distinguished from ordinary goodness, is a certain quality of magnanimity and greatness of soul that brings life within the circle of the heroic.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.

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