See more synonyms for magnanimous on
  1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.
  2. high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
  3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.

Origin of magnanimous

1575–85; < Latin magnanimus great-souled, equivalent to magn(us) magn- + anim(us) spirit, soul, mind + -us -ous
Related formsmag·nan·i·mous·ly, adverbmag·nan·i·mous·ness, nounun·mag·nan·i·mous, adjectiveun·mag·nan·i·mous·ly, adverbun·mag·nan·i·mous·ness, noun

Synonyms for magnanimous

See more synonyms for on
1. big, liberal, unspiteful. 2. See noble. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for magnanimous

Contemporary Examples of magnanimous

Historical Examples of magnanimous

  • But then, when it came to a show-down she might not be so magnanimous as she had appeared tonight.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • The magnanimous and intrepid Logan resolved on making an effort to save him.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

  • She knew, indeed, that he had a magnanimous soul and a kind heart.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • There was a sting in that thought, too; but he struggled to be magnanimous.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Do you think the noble and magnanimous Guidobaldo would let you hang?


    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for magnanimous


  1. generous and noble
Derived Formsmagnanimously, adverbmagnanimousness, noun

Word Origin for magnanimous

C16: from Latin magnanimus great-souled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for magnanimous

1580s, a back-formation from magnanimity + -ous, or else from Latin magnanimus "highminded," literally "great-souled" (see magnanimity). Related: Magnanimously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper