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munificence

[myoo-nif-uh-suh ns]
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noun
  1. the quality of being munificent, or showing unusual generosity: The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift.
Sometimes mu·nif·i·cent·ness.
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Examples from the Web for munificence

Historical Examples

  • Loud and full were the utterances of praise that this munificence evoked.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • "I have only heard of his acts of munificence or generosity," said Lucy, gravely.

  • It seems to me all this munificence goes to serve some fell purpose of his own.

    Eventide

    Effie Afton

  • Well, strangely enough, I'm not going to reject your munificence.

  • This munificence was avowedly for the credit of the settlement.


Word Origin and History for munificence

n.

early 15c., from Middle French munificence, from Latin munificentia "bountifulness, liberality, generosity," from stem of munificus "generous, bountiful, liberal," literally "present-making," from munus "gift or service, duty, office" (see municipal) + unstressed stem of facere "to do" (see factitious).

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