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[mag-nif-uh-suh nt] /mægˈnɪf ə sənt/
making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.:
a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
extraordinarily fine; superb:
a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
noble; sublime:
a magnificent poem.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand:
Lorenzo the Magnificent.
lavishly munificent; extravagant:
a magnificent inheritance.
Origin of magnificent
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin magnificent- (stem recorded in comparative, superlative, and other forms) for magnificus. See magnific, -ent
Related forms
magnificently, adverb
magnificentness, noun
supermagnificent, adjective
supermagnificently, adverb
Can be confused
magnificent, munificent.
1. majestic, sumptuous, opulent; exquisite, sublime.
1. modest; poor.
Synonym Study
1. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. That which is gorgeous moves one to admiration by the richness and (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. That which is splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. That which is superb is above others in, or is of the highest degree of, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines. Unabridged
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  • If he should do so, the law would compel him to return her magnificent dowry.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • For the first six miles over most magnificent grassed country.

  • Solomon, the Wise, decided to provide them with a magnificent home.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • To gaze at me the field-workers suspend the magnificent lethargy of their labors.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • She was certainly, for one so young and so unprofessional, a magnificent reader.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for magnificent


splendid or impressive in appearance
superb or very fine
(esp of ideas) noble or elevated
(archaic) great or exalted in rank or action
Derived Forms
magnificently, adverb
magnificentness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin magnificentio more splendid; irregular comparative of magnificus great in deeds; see magnific
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Word Origin and History for magnificent

mid-15c., from Old French magnificent, a back-formation from Latin magnificentior, comparative of magnificus "great, elevated, noble, distinguished," literally "doing great deeds" (see magnificence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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