noun, plural mag·na·nim·i·ties for 2.

the quality of being magnanimous.

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

Examples from the Web for magnanimity

Contemporary Examples of magnanimity

  • Yet, sadly, neither talent nor ambition cultivates prudence, wisdom, love, or magnanimity.

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    Miley Cyrus's Smartest Tattoo

    James Poulos

    September 28, 2013

  • In this imagined West Bank, anything the Palestinians “get” will be a reflection of Israeli magnanimity, not Palestinian rights.

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    Clinging to a Virtual Reality

    Lara Friedman, Daniel Seidemann

    May 10, 2013

Historical Examples of magnanimity

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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