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[myoo-nif-uh-suh nt] /myuˈnɪf ə sənt/
extremely liberal in giving; very generous.
characterized by great generosity:
a munificent bequest.
Origin of munificent
1575-85; back formation from Latin mūnificentia generosity, munificence, equivalent to mūnific(us) generous (muni-, combining form of mūnus gift + -ficus -fic) + -entia -ence
Related forms
munificence, munificentness, noun
munificently, adverb
unmunificent, adjective
unmunificently, adverb
Can be confused
beneficent, munificent.
magnificent, munificent.
1. bountiful, bounteous, lavish.
1. niggardly.
Synonym Study
1. See generous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for munificent
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  • I paid him over the munificent sum you intrusted to me for him.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Joe disposed of that consideration by a munificent wave of the hand.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • And then he might not choose to accept her munificent offer!

  • We do hear of munificent donations by benevolent millionaires now and then.

  • Poor Gustavo saw a munificent shower of tips vanishing into nothing.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • As was usual when he or any other servitor was in attendance on Waring, the reward had been munificent.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • The settlements which he has spoken of, too, are most munificent.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • One of us is bidden to the court of our most munificent patroness to educate her only son.

  • I was so astonished at your munificent offer, Sir, that I could not well speak.

    The Privateersman Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for munificent


(of a person) very generous; bountiful
(of a gift) generous; liberal
Derived Forms
munificence, munificentness, noun
munificently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: back formation from Latin mūnificentia liberality, from mūnificus, from mūnus gift + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for munificent

1580s, back-formation from munificence, or else from Latin munificent-, stem of munificus "bountiful, liberal, generous" (see munificence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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