[ mag-nan-uh-muhs ]
/ mægˈnæn ə məs /


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

Nearby words

  1. magna graecia,
  2. magna mater,
  3. magnaflux,
  4. magnalium,
  5. magnanimity,
  6. magnanimously,
  7. magnate,
  8. magnesia,
  9. magnesite,
  10. magnesium

Origin of magnanimous

1575–85; < Latin magnanimus great-souled, equivalent to magn(us) magn- + anim(us) spirit, soul, mind + -us -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for magnanimous


/ (mæɡˈnænɪməs) /


generous and noble
Derived Formsmagnanimously, adverbmagnanimousness, noun

Word Origin for magnanimous

C16: from Latin magnanimus great-souled

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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.

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