Definitions for magnanimousmægˈnæn ə məs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mag•nan•i•mous*mægˈnæn ə məs(adj.)

  1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from pettiness.

  2. showing noble sensibility; high-minded.

* Syn: See noble.

Origin of magnanimous:

1575–85; < L magnanimus=magn(us) large, great +-animus, adj. der. of animus mind, soul (see -ous )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. greathearted, magnanimous(adj)

    noble and generous in spirit

    "a greathearted general"; "a magnanimous conqueror"

  2. big, large, magnanimous(adj)

    generous and understanding and tolerant

    "a heart big enough to hold no grudges"; "that's very big of you to be so forgiving"; "a large and generous spirit"; "a large heart"; "magnanimous toward his enemies"


  1. magnanimous(Adjective)

    Noble and generous in spirit.

  2. Origin: From magnanimus, from magnus "great" + animus "soul, mind".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnanimous(adj)

    great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and courageous spirit; as, a magnanimous character; a magnanimous conqueror

  2. Magnanimous(adj)

    dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish

Translations for magnanimous

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noble and generous

a magnanimous gesture.

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