- the quality or state of being magnificent; splendor; grandeur; sublimity: the magnificence of snow-covered mountains; the magnificence of his achievements.
- impressiveness of surroundings: the magnificence of Versailles.
Origin of magnificence
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Examples from the Web for magnificence
Magnificence By Lydia Millet A woman moves into an old house full of taxidermy in the aftermath of trauma.This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 29, 2012
October 29, 2012
Suddenly, she questions, "Who wants to live like that anymore, all that majesty and magnificence?"Billionaire Divorcee's Happy Ending
January 24, 2011
The magnificence of our legal system, your Honor, is that we do not seek an eye for an eye.Madoff's Lawyer Issues Final Plea
The Daily Beast
June 29, 2009
A queen in the magnificence of her courtly surroundings could not have conquered him so quickly.The Dream
In all their magnificence they stalked abroad, lords of the veldt.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
But the visions of Mrs Verloc lacked nobility and magnificence.The Secret Agent
Connal enjoyed Ormond's surprise at the magnificence of his hotel.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
There may be magnificence in the smashing; but the thing is smashed.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- the quality of being magnificent
Word Origin and History for magnificence
mid-14c., "great-mindedness, courage," from Old French magnificence "splendor, nobility, grandeur," from Latin magnificentia "splendor, munificence," from stem of magnificus "great, elevated, noble, eminent," also "splendid, rich, fine, costly," literally "doing great deeds," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "greatness, grandeur, glory" in English is from late 14c. That of "beauty, splendor, wealth" is 15c. As one of the Aristotelian and scholastic virtues, it translates Greek megaloprepeia "liberality of expenditure combined with good taste."