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[greyt-hahr-tid] /ˈgreɪtˈhɑr tɪd/
having or showing a generous heart; magnanimous.
high-spirited; courageous; fearless:
greathearted defense of liberty.
Origin of greathearted
1350-1400; Middle English grete hartyd
Related forms
greatheartedly, adverb
greatheartedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for great-hearted
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  • Have not your Voices called you daughter of God, daughter of the Church, great-hearted damsel?

  • We are bound to be hopeful, nor wrong our great-hearted father.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Truer friends or better companions than these great-hearted, outspoken, hardy riders, no man could have.

    When A Man's A Man Harold Bell Wright
  • He was broad-minded, great-hearted enough not to censure the girl by word or act.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • It began in 1695 when the great-hearted man opened a room in his own house for the instruction of poor children.

    The Story of Our Hymns Ernest Edwin Ryden
  • And the noosepapers said he was a great-hearted phillyanthropist.

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • Then they pledged one another in a parting cup, and Ulysses bade farewell to his generous and great-hearted hosts.

  • "You are the son of a friend," said the great-hearted monarch.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • Such a letter could not be ignored by the great-hearted man to whom it came.

    The Wonderful Story of Lincoln Charles M. Stevens
  • They are in reality a proud race, great-hearted and high-spirited.

British Dictionary definitions for great-hearted


benevolent or noble; magnanimous
Derived Forms
great-heartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for great-hearted

late 14c., from great + hearted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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