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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 desired to wipe out the past by some large and munificent return.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • As was usual when he or any other servitor was in attendance on Waring, the reward had been munificent.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • I have been told that for first-class invalids they pay the munificent sum of fifty cents per thousand!

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic William Taylor Marrs
  • The settlements which he has spoken of, too, are most munificent.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I cherish your so periodical and so munificent thoughts of me as one of the good things of this world of worries.

  • I paid him over the munificent sum you intrusted to me for him.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Mr. Fiddaman was a munificent donor to many benevolent institutions, and his private acts of charity were numerous.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Joe disposed of that consideration by a munificent wave of the hand.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Frank Armstrong considered this munificent proposal for a moment in silence, looking very ugly.

    Thorley Weir E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
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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