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noun, plural mag·na·nim·i·ties for 2.
  1. the quality of being magnanimous.
  2. a magnanimous act.
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Origin of magnanimity

1300–50; Middle English magnanimite < Latin magnanimitās. See magnanimous, -ity
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noun plural -ties
  1. generosity
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Word Origin

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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