noun, plural mag·na·nim·i·ties for 2.

the quality of being magnanimous.

Nearby words

  1. magna est veritas, et praevalebit,
  2. magna graecia,
  3. magna mater,
  4. magnaflux,
  5. magnalium,
  6. magnanimous,
  7. magnanimously,
  8. magnate,
  9. magnesia,
  10. magnesite

Origin of magnanimity

1300–50; Middle English magnanimite < Latin magnanimitās. See magnanimous, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for magnanimity


noun plural -ties


Word Origin for magnanimity

C14: via Old French from Latin magnanimitās, from magnus great + animus soul

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Word Origin and History for magnanimity



mid-14c., "loftiness of thought or purpose," from Old French magnanimité "high-mindedness, generosity of spirit," from Latin magnanimitatem (nominative magnanimitas) "greatness of soul, high-mindedness," from magnanimus "having a great soul," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + animus "mind, soul, spirit" (see animus). Probably a loan-translation of Greek megalopsykhos "high-souled, generous" (Aristotle) or megathymus "great-hearted."

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